Kirsten Grorud works regionally as a Director and Teaching Artist. She learned to teach at the Tony award-winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN, where she apprenticed and later worked in their Theatre Arts Training school. Regionally, she has directed for Theatre Lab (Ordinary Magic, Just Outside of Town), Imagination Stage (Bye Bye Birdie, Singing in the Rain, Unlabeled, The Pencil is Mightier), Metropolitan School of the Arts (A Dark and Stormy Play, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter Pan); and Assistant Directed for The Hub Theatre (Peekaboo, The BURN). Kirsten directs the studio acting program at the Metropolitan School of the Arts and also serves on the faculties of Wolf Trap and The Theatre Lab. Kirsten has been invited to speak about educational theatre at conferences sponsored by DC Collaborative, The Kennedy Center, and Fairfax County Public Schools. Kirsten received her BA from Wheaton College.