Kirsten was first seen on stage at A Red Orchid in The Removalists in 1997. She was invited to join the Artistic Ensemble in 2000 and stepped in as Artistic Director in 2008.
She has been seen here at home in Grey House, Traitor, Evening at the Talkhouse, The Room, Pilgrim’s Progress, Strandline, Mud Blue Sky, Butcher of Baraboo, Solstice, The New Electric Ballroom, Abigail’s Party, Pumpgirl, Weapon of Mass Impact, Mr. Bundy, Four Murders, and The Sea Horse (for which she was honored to receive a 2006 Jeff Award). She also directed The Moors at AROT, which earned her a Jeff Award for Best Director of a Play (Midsize).
Kirsten’s onstage credits include: Motherhouse (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); Swing State, ROE, and Sweat (Goodman Theatre); the world premieres of Mary Page Marlow by Tracy Letts, The Qualms and Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (Steppenwolf); and the world premieres of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Lettie by Boo Kelebrew (Victory Gardens). In 1999, Kirsten received an After Dark award for her performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Circle Theatre and was honored to understudy Cherry Jones in the same role later that year. As an actor, she’s also been fortunate enough to play with folks at Chicago Shakes, Utah Shakes, Shattered Globe, Remy Bumppo, Plasticene, Prop Thtr, Next, Famous Door, Defiant Theatre, National Pastime, Apple Tree, and more.
On television, Kirsten played Maria Walters in The Exorcist (FOX) and Mac in Sirens (USA), both for two seasons, In addition, she has made appearances on Proven Innocent (FOX), Chicago Med (NBC), Chicago Justice (NBC), Chicago Fire (NBC), Underemployed (FOX) and ER (NBC). Her film credits include Widows (Steve McQueen), Killing Eleanor (Rich Newy & Annica Marks) and Working Man (Robert Jury).
An MFA graduate of the University of Iowa and a BA graduate of the University of Kansas, Kirsten grew up in Chicago and its north suburbs. Being the oldest of seven prepared her well for her role as Artistic Director of this passionate and wonderfully unruly ensemble.