Claire is 2005 Minnesota transplant from New England, Claire Avitabile has been directing and producing theatre, and curating performance events for over 15 years. In 2006 she founded 20% Theatre Company with three goals in mind: 1) to produce and present high quality, professional theatre that empowers LGBTQ and allied artists and inspires social change; 2) to employ and mentor emerging LGBTQ and allied artists; and 3) to always compensate artists for their work. 20% Theatre just started its 12thseason, and has so far produced over 35 plays and events, including world and regional premieres, sold-out performances, festivals, and productions that have gone on to tour locally and nationally. Claire has been a guest speaker/presenter at the University of Minnesota, St. Catherine University, Smith College, St. Mary’s University, the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition Conference, Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, the Transcending Boundaries Conference, MPR, and the Gender Odyssey Conference in Seattle, WA. She was recognized by Lavender Magazine as a Top GLBT Leader in the Twin Cities (2012) and as Artistic Director of the Year (2014), and received the Women of Distinction prize from Century College (2012).