Xandra Clark is a New York-based actor, writer, interviewer, performance-maker, and all-around storyteller. Raised in a mixed-race, mixed-religious family, she believes in the power of stories to open people's minds to the multiplicity of our world and to bridge connections across difference.
Currently, she has several writing projects in the works—a full-length play, a full-length documentary solo show, and a TV pilot. She is a member of The Bats, the Resident Acting Company at The Flea Theater, and also of Poetic Theater Productions. BA in Theater, MA in Journalism: Stanford University.
Xandra has performed at and worked with numerous theaters around NYC, including The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, The Flea, The Tank, and HERE Arts Center; acted in several feature-length and short films; and trained under playwrights Anna Deavere Smith and Amy Freed. Her own performance pieces have been featured at The Tank, Judson Church, Theaterlab, The Bowery Electric, Weeksville Heritage Center, Queer Abstract, Spaceworks, FiveMyles, The Green Room (a performance salon series she runs), Brooklyn College, and Stanford University.
Her work has garnered praise from The New Yorker, Newsweek, OUT Magazine, Urban Omnibus, and others. Her own journalistic work has been published or broadcast through the San Francisco Chronicle, Poynter.org, KQED, KALW, NPR, and the Theo Westenberger Estate. She is a co-founder/producer of the True Story podcast, which has over six million downloads.
In all her spare time, Xandra is an avid fiddle-player, and she loves to jam in varying styles — from traditional Irish/Scottish to folk/bluegrass to electric rock 'n' roll. She plays and sings with electro-folk band The Year of the Hare, sings with vocal ensemble Ukrainian Village Voices, and dances Cuban salsa.