Meridith C. Grundei is an award winning performer and director. She holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has performed with numerous companies throughout the United States:
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), FAITH (LOCAL Theatre Company) and Sweet & Lucky, FRANKENSTEIN (Denver Center for the Performing Arts).
As a director, Meridith's credits include: 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), There is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher and FUTURA by Jordan Harrison (The Catamounts), Normal Heights in collaboration with Jim Walker and Gary Grundei and as co-director with Len Matheo for A Christmas Carol by Patrick Barlow (Miners Alley Playhouse).
Prior to moving to Colorado, Meridith worked as Associate Faculty for The Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL where she was instrumental in the development of the children’s program. She has worked as Adjunct Faculty for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in the undergraduate program and as a Guest Artist in the Masters Program. 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, Cul.de.sac.
Meridith is active in the film and TV community, is a professional Voice Over artist, talent coach, producer and a member of the improvisation theatre company, Playback Theatre West.
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.
Meridith presently lives near Boulder, CO with her husband, daughter, cat, dog and chicken.