A Vancouver actor, director, and theatre teacher, Claire holds a BA in Theatre and English Lit from UBC, an MFA in Directing from UofA, and is a graduate of TOOBA Physical Theatre Centre. Currently working on her PhD in Theatre Studies at UBC, Claire has also studied various forms of theatre, voice and dance with David MacMurray Smith, Raïna von Waldenburg, Richard Armstrong, Charles Marowitz, da da kamera, the National Voice Intensive, Boca del Lupo, and Margie Gillis. She was commissioned by Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre to create Sixth Sense, and has created nine other original plays. As a teacher, Claire has worked at UofA, UBC, Douglas College, Capilano University, the RSAMD in Glasgow, and Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse. Under the Artistic Direction of her father Dean Fogal, Claire was the Director of Educational Programming and lead Acting Teacher at TOOBA Physical Theatre Centre. Claire is Artistic and Managing Director of Minotaur’s Kitchen, supported by Cor Departure Physical Theatre Society, which she co-founded in 2000. Claire loves teaching theatre as a way to build safe, inclusive environments where each participant can take creative risks, expanding their imagination, ensemble skills, and personal sense of confidence.