Clara Strauch is a Swedish/American singer-songwriter and actor with roots in both New York City and on the Swedish island of Gotland. She is creatively fuelled by the contrasts of her cultural smörgåsbord background, as well as by the heart, feminism, mysticism, myths, and her own journey of healing from trauma.

Strauch has a role in Mia Hansen-Løve's upcoming film Bergman Island. She also just released her first songs in Swedish - the first tastes of her upcoming second album, which will be out on October 16th. Her debut album Persephone came out in 2018, which earned media comparisons to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, and First Aid Kit. Strauch has played her solo music at venues like Pustervik, Nefertiti, Gothenburg Concert Hall (West Pride), Rockwood Music Hall. She was nominated for Outstanding Original Music at The New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2017, and received the Swedish grants Kulturrådets Fonogramstöd 2018 & 2020, Konstnärsnämndens Arbetsstipendium i Musik 2018, and STIM Stipendium 2017.

 

Strauch is a trained actor, with a BFA in drama with scholarship from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has combined music and theatre by being actor/musician/composer in plays, and credits include: Florrie (Västmanlands Teater); The Tempest (Smith Street Stage); The Caucausian Chalk Circle (Stella Adler Studio); Fåfängt Frieri/Love's Labour's Lost (Romateatern). 

 

Strauch's original folk musical Wayward Home was selected for the Swedish workshop program Musikalplattform (Spira) 2020. It has previously been produced and performed as an early version at several theatres in the US, and had its Swedish premiere as a reading in the fall of 2019.

©  Clara Strauch, 2020. All rights reserved.
Background photos by Olof Grind at Västmanlands Teater, Sweden.