CLAIRE is one half of Parallel Coasts. She is an artist, inventor, and project manager. She thrives in collaboration, relentlessly seeking to brew creativity in the face of the unknown. Casey has been a best friend along the way - always up for shared adventures.
Raised in and around New Orleans, Claire's life long interest in the performance arts began as a toddler in her mothers’ puppet troupe. She has spent most of her life dancing - especially Modern, Improvisation & Butoh. For 6 years she was the co-director of the Subterranean Arthouse, an intimate performance space and gallery in downtown Berkeley which curated more than 600 performances.
She earned a B.A. in Dance and Visual Art from Naropa University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She now lives in Berkeley with her husband Sean and her two young sons, Arlo and Avery.
CASEY is one half of Parallel Coasts. She understands herself through friendships and common engagements with passersby. She is trying to stay connected with the people she loves despite distance. Claire has been one of her closest friends since sixth grade, an inspiration to her and one of the greatest lessons and expressions of friendship.
Since her first son’s arrival, Casey’s focus shifted from a professional architectural designer in Downtown Manhattan to a mother living in Brooklyn. When her second son arrived her primary and divided attention turned almost completely to parenting. Friendships and supportive social circles became the heart of her new and unfamiliar life.
Casey was born in New Orleans and raised in the South. She studied Fine Arts at Boston University and received her Bachelors of Architecture at Cornell University. Her professional experience in architecture shapes her understanding of City, Neighborhood and domestic life. She recently renovated her new, very small, apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Kumar and two young sons, River and Luc.
All photos on this site were taken by Casey and Claire unless noted.