Clara Strauch is a Swedish/American singer-songwriter and actor with roots on both the island of Gotland and in New York City. She is creatively fuelled by the contrasts of her bi-cultural background, the heart, myths, and mysticism.
Strauch plays a role in Mia Hansen-Løve's film Bergman Island, which was nominated for the Palme D'Or at The Cannes Film Festival 2021. Strauch released her second album Jupiter in 2020, and her debut album Persephone in 2018. She is a trained actor - with a BFA in drama with scholarship from NYU Tisch School of the Arts - and her solo music is influenced by her acting background, with theatrical performances by the piano. She has performed at venues such as Pustervik, Nefertiti, Joe's Pub, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Music at The New York Innovative Theatre Awards for her musical score for The Tempest.
Strauch has combined music and theatre by being actor/musician/composer in plays, and credits include The Tempest (Smith Street Stage); Florrie (Västmanlands Teater); Fåfängt Frieri (Romateatern); The Caucausian Chalk Circle (Stella Adler Studio). Her original folk musical Wayward Home was selected for the Swedish workshop program Musikalplattform at Spira in 2020. It has previously been produced and toured as an early version at several theatres in the Northeastern US.
Strauch has received the grants Kulturrådets fonogramstöd for both of her albums; Konstnärsnämndens arbetsstipendium i musik; STIM-stipendium; Region Gotlands stöd för kulturskapare (musik); Kulturrådets projektbidrag (scenkonst) for Knut & Kvargen.