Claire Kander is a Midwestern gal with big city dreams and an obsession with travel, wildlife, forests and rivers. Born and raised in a small town in rural Michigan, performance has been an essential part of her life since she was a tiny child. She had the privilege of being a founding member of Michigan Youth Theater with whom she toured Shakespeare and educational shows to schools and festivals around the state. She moved to New York City when she was 18 to work in a Brooklyn elementary school as an Americorps member. After a year of service, she moved to Chicago to pursue her acting ambitions. She has been seen with many reputable Chicago theaters including Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre Company, New Leaf Theatre, Collaboraction, Lifeline Theatre, and National Pastime Theater. She also gained on-camera experience, became a member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA, and enthusiastically delved into the voice-over world. Kander is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent in Chicago and has been heard on around two dozen commercials for Walgreens, as well as projects for McDonald's, Colgate, American Family Insurance, Allstate, Ziploc, Artemis, La Quinta Inns, Cox Internet and many more.

Kander is a singer and songwriter. She plays guitar, harmonica and ukulele. She co-founded the band Scuttlebuggs (scuttlebuggs.com), which performed around the country and released their debut album in 2013. Kander has also traveled extensively, from living in a van while exploring America (vanlifeinthescuttlebuss.blogspot.com), to working at a wildlife rescue center for a month in Costa Rica. 

Her best friend is a spitz-mix from the Chicago streets named Yoshi. He is fiercely emotionally intelligent and complex and she has decided he will never die.