Meridith C. Grundei is an award winning performer and director. She holds a M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has performed with numerous companies throughout the United States including the American Conservatory Theatre, iO Chicago, Baby Wants Candy, Sprung Movement Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, The Evergreen Players, square product theatre, WreckingBall Theater Lab, and Playback Theatre West.
Most recently she performed for the second annual Local Lab with Local Theatre Company and was co-creator and performer with the Denver Center's Off-Center production of SWEAT at The Jones. She is a proud member of The Catamounts where she has been seen in Mr. Spacky....The Man Who Was Continuously Followed by Wolves as Edwina, God's Ear as Mel (Recipient of the 2011 Camera Eye Award for Best Actress in a Drama), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen as Cora and Messenger #1 as Messenger #3 (Nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy for the 2012 Culture West, True West Awards). As a director, Meridith's credits include: Escanaba in Da Moonlight and Paul Sills' Story Theatre for the Evergreen Players, Moulin Scrooge for WreckingBall Theater Lab and the Band of Toughs and One Act a fully improvised play for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, and the upcoming There is A Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher for The Catamounts.
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 and In 2007, Meridith started the Eliot Street Collective in Denver, CO as a studio space where artists of all walks could have a space to collaborate and create community. Currently, Meridith owns a presentations and media training business called Red Ball Speaks, LLC and is a private coach to a variety of professionals ranging from actors to lawyers to engineers.
Meridith travels nationally and internationally utilizing her skills as a trained actor to facilitate workshops that heighten trust, listening and communication within corporate teams.
Meridith presently lives near Boulder, Colorado with her husband and her two girls!