All three Golden Girls in One: Looks like Rose, Sexy like Blanche with an acerbic wit like Dorothy
Claudia Wicki is talented, multi-faceted and multi-lingual performer. Naturally funny; she takes her craft seriously and continues to study and learn with each successive project.
Living in Switzerland over the past years, Claudia played the lead role of Lillie/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, a principal role in Company and Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins at the English Theatre Group of Zug. With the Zurich Comedy Club, she starred in the Pulitzer prize winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, for which she received an excellent review in the Swiss Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She also appeared in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile and performed to sold out crowds in the internationally renown The Vagina Monologues as well as in many other productions.
On film, Claudia appeared in a commercial for the Grand Casino Baden, an industrial film called Breaking the Silence for a pharmaceutical company, an independent film produced by Snoog Films, Trancendence, the Beginning of Josephine and had a cameo role opposite Stefan Gubser in a Stefan Jaeger film, Horizon Beautiful.
Born Claudia Fenton, she studied ballet, piano and violin. In her teens, she performed with the Wisconsin Ballet Company then went to Harkness House for Ballet Arts in New York where she studied Classical Ballet, Classical Spanish dance, Afro-Modern and Jazz. Over the years, Claudia continued to study with many renowned teachers in New York, Chicago, Tucson, Kansas City and Los Angeles
She earned a BFA in Drama Production the University of Arizona, Tucson learning all aspects of the craft. After graduation played small clubs in Las Vegas and toured with Top-40 Bands.
In New York, as an actress / performer, she played comedy clubs and Summer Stock at the Palace Theatre, Manchester New Hampshire, toured again with a pop band, and went on to perform in a dinner theatres in Madison Wisconsin, Kansas City Missouri, and Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, she was hired to choreograph and act in the summer season at Occidental College, realizing such roles as Nellie in South Pacific, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore. This Gilbert & Sullivan experience proved helpful later when while touring with Carmen Zapata’s Bi-Lingual Foundation for the Arts Children’s Theater production Rojo Arco Iris (English & Spanish), she was rushed in to replace an actress in The Pirates of Penzance at an Equity dinner theatre in Orange County California.
Spanish served her well when she was cast as Christine DeLuca in A Chorus Line for International Productions which played in Spain.
Claudia continued working on her craft at the Group Repertory Theatre (GRT), now known as the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre. As a member of the company, she was cast in several original productions, working directly with the writers. One of these productions was a musical called RolePlay, directed by Allison Liddi-Brown, musical direction by Carole Weiss. Claudia created the role of Chlo. A New York production company requested re-writes, new songs, and a title change - Inside Out; it ran off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater. Claudia brought this show to Zurich for its European Debut and played the role of Grace.
Claudia wrote and performed a nightclub act: Sentimental Journey, Inspired by the Music of Doris day. She chose Doris Day because every evening for many months in Barcelona and Madrid in a production of A Chorus Line, she stepped forward from the chorus Line and stated, “I always wanted to be Doris Day, but I could never really sing!”