Awards & Winners

Claudia Shear

Date of Birth 1962
Place of Birth Brooklyn
(United States of America, New York City, New York, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Playwright, Actor
Claudia Shear is an American actress and playwright. The Brooklyn-born Shear first came to prominence with her 1994 self-penned solo performance piece Blown Sideways Through Life, which enjoyed a run of 221 performances at the off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre and won her an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Shear's employment experiences as a member of the American work force - sixty-four jobs in all, including pastry chef, nude model, waitress, whorehouse receptionist, proofreader, and Italian translator - provided her with a wealth of material for her piece. She adapted it for a 1995 presentation on the PBS series American Playhouse. Shear hit her stride in 2000 with Dirty Blonde, her exploration of the life and career of Mae West, which earned her Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for both Best Play and Best Actress and won her the Theatre World Award. Shear's acting credits include the films It Could Happen to You and Living Out Loud and a memorable guest appearance as the "fake Monica" on the NBC sitcom Friends. She has also written for such publications as The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour and Travel & Leisure, among others. Restoration, a new play written by her, premiered in June 2009 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, after an idea by Shear. In Restoration, Shear plays "Giulia, a down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives what could possibly be a career-reviving job of 'refreshing' Michelangelo’s David in time for its quincentennial celebration in Florence."

Awards by Claudia Shear

Check all the awards nominated and won by Claudia Shear.


Nominations 2002 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production Dirty Blonde
for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Nominations 2000 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play Dirty Blonde
Tony Award for Best Play Dirty Blonde
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play Dirty Blonde


Obie Award for Special Citations
Honored for : Blown Sideways Through Life

Nominations 1994 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance Blown Sideways Through Life