If gender is a performance, then Blaire Battle (they/she) might be the most experienced actor you’ll ever meet. She is committed to making unabashedly queer art as an actor, writer, and comedian—even when it leads her to places as strange as playing a drag king Abraham Lincoln, like she did in Moderates, an MFA thesis play by one of UCLA’s graduate playwrights. Blaire is also a dedicated Shakespearean, serving as the executive director of UCLA’s Shakespeare Company and having played a number of roles including Lear’s Fool and Ophelia while working with the company. They also played Thersites in Troilus and Cressida, directed by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rob Clare. She also recently closed a production of her first fully produced full length play, The Transient Bliss of Death by Fallout. Blaire is also a two time Virginia State One Act competition award winning actor, and recently had a script, The Forum, selected as a Screencraft semifinalist. They plan to continue their writing and acting work with their new play, The Menagerie, which they are writing and starring in.