Advanced Acting Takes on Twelfth Night with Kirsten Giroux and David Kudler

In May, visiting artists and actors Kirsten Giroux and David Kudler joined the Advanced Acting class to teach a unit on Shakespeare. Over the course of six sessions they worked on scenes from Twelfth Night. Collaborating virtually, they scanned the scenes and worked with Kirsten and David on language choices. The students performed the scenes on their last day of class. In Maura’s words, “they came so far in just six classes, and Kirsten was blown away!”

You can read more about Kirsten and David below.

Kirsten performed in regional theaters across the country for over 20 years. She appeared in over 30 Shakespearean productions in theaters such as Boston Shakespeare Company, Sacramento Theater Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Since 1999, Kirsten has devoted her time to teaching, working as a Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. All of her teaching and curriculum development work is designed to get students up on their feet exploring and learning about the works of William Shakespeare.She has created over 30 workshops for the Festival's Education department and taught hundreds of events for students of all ages and seminars for teachers on teaching Shakespeare.


David Kudler is a writer, editor, author, and performer living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, Maura Vaughn. A professional actor and teacher since 1988, he has performed with theaters across the country, including ACT, TheatreWorks, California Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, and the Denver Center Theatre Company. Recently, he has narrated many audiobooks. David runs his own small publishing company, Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program for Joseph Campbell Foundation, editing four posthumous volumes of Campbell's unpublished writing and lectures and overseeing editions of eighty additional titles in print, audio, video, and ebook formats, including the third edition of his masterpiece, Hero with a Thousand Faces. He authored Risuko, a historical adventure novel, and is working on Bright-Eyes, the sequel. David has also worked with the Branson School to publish Through the Arches, a celebration of the history of the school.