Meridith Grundei



MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance - Instructor


MFA Contemporary Performance, Naropa University, 2007

Meridith C. Grundei is an actor, director, improviser, coach and voice over artist and is excited to be returning to Naropa's MFA, once again, as a Guest Artist.

Meridith is a Naropa alum and holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance. She and was recently awarded a True West Award and noticed in the Westword as one of Colorado's 100 creatives. She is an Associate Artist of LOCAL Theatre Company in Boulder, CO and has been a member of Playback Theatre West for the past 10 years. Meridith has performed with numerous companies throughout the United States including:

Sweet & Lucky, FRANKENSTEIN (Denver Center for the Performing Arts),
Taming of the Shrew (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), FAITH (LOCAL Theatre Company), The Misanthrope (American Conservatory Theatre), iO Chicago, Baby Wants Candy, ABOUND (Sprung Movement Theatre), Strawdog Theatre Company, House of Yes (square product theatre), God's Ear (Recipient of the 2011 Camera Eye Award for Best Actress in a Drama), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, Messenger #1(Nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy for the 2012 Culture West, True West Awards), Failure...A Love Story, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Spirits to Enforce (The Catamounts).

As a director, Meridith's credits include: Under Construction by Charles Mee (Naropa University, MFA),

Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy, There is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher and FUTURA by Jordan Harrison (The Catamounts), A Christmas Carol by Patrick Barlow (Miners Alley Playhouse), Escanaba in Da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels and Paul Sills' Story Theatre (Evergreen Players), Moulin Scrooge by Peter Gwinn (The Catamounts in collaboration with The Band of Toughs), One Act: a fully improvised play (Boulder International Fringe Festival), and Normal Heights in collaboration with Jim Walker and Gary Grundei.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Meridith worked as Associate Faculty for The Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL. In 2013 Meridith was invited as a Guest Artist to work at the CounterPulse in San Francisco, CA. where she collaborated with war veterans and performers for an original performance for ECHOTHEATRESUTCASE. She has taught improvisation at the Omega Institute in Upstate NY and is currently working on her own project with the working title, The Father Project.

Meridith is also a professional voice over artist, film actor, talent coach and producer.

When she isn't creating work, Meridith is helping business professionals connect to their most powerful and authentic selves through her business, Red Ball Speaks, LLC. Past and present clients include:

CU LEEDS School of Business, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Network Affiliates, Mercer, SurveyGizmo and many others.

Meridith is presently working on the road while touring the country and Mexico with her husband, 6 year old, dog and cat.

From the heart
I deeply appreciate the work that students continue to do once they have graduated from a contemplative education program. I feel that the student is always learning how to translate and recreate new vocabulary that can be bridged from what they have learned and into their careers within the world at large.

I am presently working in collaboration with DCPA's Off-Center on a micro theatre project as the curator and director.

Courses Taught
The Business of Acting

What's Next?
I am presently living in Mexico exploring the culture with my family and will be returning to work on a commission with the City of Golden and the micro theatre project with Off-Center at the DCPA.