Kirsten Grorud is a freelance actor, dancer, and director in the DMV area. She was raised in rural Minnesota and fell in love with the performing arts at a young age— studying dance since age 3, and later music and acting. She is the founder of a Minnesota-based youth enrichment program called Club 218, and was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Young Leader of the Year for her work there. She studied Theatre at Wheaton College in Chicago, IL, where she was a member of the theatre ensemble, Workout. Her acting credits included Mrs. Cornell in Hotel Cassiopeia, The Librarian in Will Eno’s Middletown, and the title role in Somaly. She produced her original show Fasting at Arena Theatre in 2012, and also recently directed her original show, Nice Girl for a sold-out run. Kirsten 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. She also taught in the Performing Arts Academy Division of Fox Valley Repertory in greater Chicagoland. Kirsten teaches both classically and improv-based acting classes, helping students to develop their unique creative potential as storytellers and art-makers.