Claire Forrest

Claire Forrest

Disability Advisory Council Community Liaison

Claire (she/her) joined Mixed Blood as Community Liaison to the Disability Advisory Council (DAC) in February 2015. The DAC is a group committed to theatre for and about people with disabilities, and committed to making Mixed Blood the theatrical destination for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. Claire organizes and leads meetings, helps reach out to the local disability community by sending invites to the Council’s Access Night (ASL interpreted and audio described performances), spreads the word about access services like free transportation, and identifies new and unique ways to engage the DAC community through theatre.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Claire first worked for Mixed Blood as an intern during college. She worked on communications and outreach for the 2011 Center of the Margins festival, a collection of plays about people with disabilities. Since then, Claire has built a career in the arts, a field she has always loved.

Why Mixed Blood:

“I am passionate about the DAC’s work because, as a person with a disability, I want to see more theatre for and about people with disabilities. Mixed Blood puts on plays about disability featuring actors with disabilities, but also features actors with disabilities in plays that tell compelling stories that do not have to do with the fact that they are disabled. It helps to portray people with disabilities as whole people who experience the same things in life as everyone else.

Additionally, I am grateful that Mixed Blood is an organization that is truly welcoming and inclusive because it tells stories about the intersections of all people in our society. Mixed Blood’s plays are thought-provoking, fun, different and truly push the envelope. It’s wonderful to have even a small part in that happening.”