Get to Know Gretl

These are days of radical reinvention … and I’m no stranger to that.

With MFAs in Acting, Poetry and Nonfiction, plus successful stints as an On- and Off-Broadway actress, agency producer and business development executive, my eclectic arts and business background has built a strong foundation for a career steeped in storytelling — from creating short- and longform narrative content to immersive experiences for the world’s biggest brands.

As a director, writer and creative director, I’m committed to telling singular stories that entertain and catalyze conversations that can transform cultures.

My first film, Happy Hour — narrated by Julianne Moore — screened as an official selection at 18 festivals, winning awards and garnering praise from Oscar-winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: “Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett handles it masterfully.”

My second film, STORMCHASER — an award-winning, female-forward satire that’s currently playing the festival circuit — allegorizes this era in “Merica.” Company 3 color-graded and is sponsoring a High Dynamic Range finish to the film, which was the first indie to shoot on Sony Venice CineAlta cameras with Sigma Cine lenses.

Another passion of mine is pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape inspiring brand stories — from writing and directing Sony’s first-ever 4K 360° cinematic music video to creative directing high-profile events, such as Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural festival, PopFest, in Downtown LA, and IBM’s Partner World in San Francisco and its Amplify Conference on Watson Cognitive Marketing in Las Vegas.

One of my specialties is merging live performance with state-of-the-art multimedia. “Cognitive in Motion,” IBM Amplify’s opening experience — which I conceptualized, wrote, directed and produced, incorporating ‘pop & lock’ dancers, Notch (real-time generated art) and IBM cognitive data visualizations — won two top Telly Awards.

I kicked off 2020 directing three episodes of the comedic indie digital series, Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman, and am currently in development on a memoir manuscript, a feature-length and a long-form narrative project.