Claire Hosterman

Claire Hosterman, 2008 Amy Award winner

Performing artist and Bainbridge Island native Claire Hosterman has been named the winner of the seventh annual Amy Award for emerging artists. The award, administered by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, is given each year to a young island artist who consistently exhibits a sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication in his or her chosen field.

The Amy Award was established in 2001 by David and Caren Anderson in honor of their late daughter Amy, who during her lifetime was involved in the visual and performing arts on Bainbridge.

Hosterman, a 2007 Bainbridge High School graduate, most recently appeared on stage in the Bainbridge Performing Arts 2008 Young Playwrights Festival. This past summer Hosterman apprenticed with Steven Fogell as assistant director for the BPA Camp Teen Broadway production of Les Miserables. She has also directed the One-Acts and various Bainbridge High School and BPA productions.

The young artist credits former BHS theater director and English instructor Bob McAllister and vocal instructor Mark Power for helping her realize her goals.

“Having known her since she was tall as a mushroom, Claire is a brimming cup of graces – devoted to art, ideals and humanity and so divinely compassionate and lovely in her mind and spirit that the world shines brighter because of her,” McAllister said.

Hosterman describes theater as her way of learning to love human beings, with the blurring of lines between self and others offering a medium for self-discovery and transcendence.

“Through theatre I feel like I have touched more of the world,” she said.

Hosterman will receive a cash award and an Amy Award ceramic tile inspired by Amy Anderson and created by Woodward Middle School students at a special recognition ceremony in May.

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