Claire Ganem grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore. Last spring she graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY with a BFA in acting and was awarded The Baranowski Award for graduating theatre arts students. In her spare time, she is a volunteer staff member for Open Space Arts, a non profit theatre in Reisterstown, Maryland. She is taking this year at UCSC to pursue directing. Her research interests include performance in relation to community building and feminist theories.