Clara Bow: Becoming It

The Clara Bow Project is designed to explore the relationship between playwright, actor and dramaturg.  We have gathered a team of dramaturgs and are excited to explore the research process.  But why Clara Bow?  She is the epitome of the 20’s and her life was full of excitement and scandal.  But what story do we want to tell?  What journey do we want to take?

Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965)

Clara Bow was born in the slums of Brooklyn, NY on July 29, 1905, the first of three daughters to survive infancy.  In 1921, at the age of 16, she competed in and won Brewster publications’ magazine’s annual nationwide acting contest, “Fame and Fortune” which launched her career. Clara Bow is most well known as the spunky shopkeeper in the film “It” which earned her the nickname “The It Girl”. Throughout her film career Bow came to personify the roaring twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol.  She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, though she never fully embraced the novelty of the talkie.  In 1933 Clara Bow retired at the age of 28, married Rex Bell and became a mother and a cattle rancher in Nevada.

The Latest Clara Bow Project News

Meetings commenced November 2nd, 2012 and continue.  Welcome to our new cast members, Nick DePinto and Matthew Pauli!



Heather Whitpan has been working in the DC theater scene for about 10 years… 

Alia Faith WilliamsWriter

Alia Faith Williams is a DC area native who has worked in many facets of theatre throughout the region… 


Seth Alcorn is a one-time actor/current improviser/PhD Student who is extraordinarily glad to be working with LiveArtDC…


Rebecca Ellis is originally from Chicago, where she received her BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University… 

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Nick DePinto is an award winning Actor, Educator, Songwriter & Visual Artist based in Washington DC…..

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Matthew Pauli  is an actor, clown, and puppeteer…..


Charlene Smith 


Maggie Robertson 

“Clara lived the American dream.  She escaped the abject poverty of the New York slums to be the biggest star of the silent screen area.  And yet she was always searching for happiness that always seemed just beyond reach.”

– Rebecca Ellis


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