Clare Cook

Creative Director & Teaching Artist

Clare Cook is a choreographer, teacher, and collaborator. After a decade of working in NYC, Cook returned to Lafayette to build a home base for her professional work. Last year, she opened Basin Arts, a collaborative arts space in Downtown Lafayette. As a choreographer, Cook has presented work at Cortland Repertory Theater, New York Musical Theatre Festival, DanceNOW Festival at Joe’s Pub, HERE Arts Center, Fringe NYC, Triskelion Arts, NYU, The New School for Drama and Columbia University. In Lafayette, she has recently collaborated with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra for Stravinsky’s Firebird, Acadiana Center for the Arts with Touching Loss, and the UL Performing Arts Program for FRAGMENTS at State of La Danse. She was the choreographer for the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway, re-setting Susan Stroman’s Tony-Nominated choreography and traveled to Bulgaria with the Drama League of NYC to work with the National Puppet Theatre of Bulgaria. Clare has been on faculty at LSU and NYU Tisch Dance, worked as Education Director for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, was a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and joins the UL Dance Department Faculty teaching modern dance. Before living in NYC, she performed extensively for the Cangelosi Dance Project. Her early dance training was at DeLarue Dance Centre in Lafayette, then at Louisiana State University under the direction of Molly Buchmann, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and The Ailey School in NYC. Clare holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society professional union.