Claire is an Actress, Singer and Model based out of New York City.
She has performed in regional and touring theatre in the Southeast and Upper Midwest regions. Claire's background includes Voice-Over, Hosting, Print Modeling, and Commercial work, having booked FIVE REGIONAL SPOTS and TWO NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS! (Conflicts available upon request.)
Claire was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and moved to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of five. She spent summers with her father in Bozeman, Montana where she got her first taste of live theatre during a summer camp with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, performing in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the age of thirteen.
Her love for acting and singing led her to the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance.
Claire returned to NYC in January of 2020 after having performed in Julius Caesar and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Tennessee Shakespeare Company in Memphis, Tennessee.
In the fall and winter of 2019, she booked a National commercial and modeled for Macy's on
Local Memphis Live.
For more details on her work and experience, please see her resume by clicking below:
Claire recently became a member of the Actors' Equity Association!
From Minneapolis to Memphis to New York City, Claire has been performing in Equity productions earning EMC points along the way. Claire received her Equity card at the start of the New Year.
"Claire Hayner, a statuesque performer known for playing strong female roles, is uncommonly vulnerable and heartbreaking as Fantine..."
-Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer, Stage Review: Perfectly Miserable: Playhouse on the Square improves "Les Miserables"
“Claire Hayner reaffirms her terrific talent as the doomed Fantine — and what a contrast to her hilariously squawky Lina Lamont in June's "Singin' in the Rain" at Theatre Memphis.”
-Jon W. Sparks, Commercial Appeal, Stage Review: Playhouse pulls off ambitious production of 'Les Miserables'
“Claire Hayner stands out as Lina Lamont, the vocally challenged silent screen star who has trouble adjusting to talkies. Hayner, a gifted singer (a talent foiled in this role), shows a similar command of comedy, enough to nearly steal the show.”
-Jon W. Sparks, Commercial Appeal,
"Stage Review: Ambitious musical sings and dances up a storm"
"As Merteuil, actress Claire Hayner gets it right. Her shifty eyes and acidic smile occasionally hint of the woman she was before she soured on love."
-Christopher Blank, Commerical Appeal, Stage Review: Set, costumes improve tepid "Liaisons'
“This actress was nothing but present from the moment she stepped on stage and her glamorous stateliness left no doubts as to who was in control as the world unraveled around her.”
-Ostrander Award, Leading Actress in a Drama for Present Laughter, August 2012
"Claire Hayner is the strong, severely beautiful Marquise I'd imagined she might be, owning the stage like some evil Disney-inspired dominatrix."
-Memphis Flyer, Stage Review: Sex and Blood: Dangerous Liaisons is eye candy...