Kirby has appeared at numerous local and regional theatres including productions at the Old Log Theatre, Jungle Theatre, Frank Theatre, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Commonweal Theatre Company, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Theatre Pro Rata and the Mary Worth Theatre Company. Kirby is the Artistic Director of Girl Friday Productions, for which she produced and performed in their acclaimed productions of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth in 2019; Robert Sherwood's Idiot's Delight in 2017; Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker in 2015; Tennessee Williams' Camino Real in 2013; Elmer Rice's Street Scene in 2011 ("Star Tribune," "Pioneer Press" and "Lavender Magazine" Top Ten Lists for 2012); Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth in 2009 ("MinnPost" Favorite for 2009); and Our Town (“Pioneer Press” Top Ten List for 2007). Kirby also has extensive commercial/industrial credits and holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College.
EXPERIENCE Representative Roles:
Mrs. Antrobus/The Skin of Our Teeth/Girl Friday Productions; Frau Schill/The Visit/Frank Theatre; Librarian/Middletown/DalekoArts; Pittaluga/Idiot's Delight/Girl Friday Productions; Mrs. Shin/Good Person of Setzuan/Frank Theatre; Mrs. Bradman/Blithe Spirit/Old Log Theatre; Bubba Brayna/The Chanukah Guest/Minnesota Jewish Theatre; Flora Van Huysen/The Matchmaker/Girl Friday Productions; Ensemble/Love and Information/Frank Theatre; Bethy/Potatoes of August/Red Eye Theater; Miep/The Diary of Anne Frank/Park Square Theatre; Marguerite/Camino Real/Girl Friday Productions; Belinda/Noises Off/The Jungle Theater; Julius Caesar/Julius Caesar/Theatre Unbound; Mrs. Maurrant/Street Scene/Girl Friday Productions; Kate/Sylvia/Commonweal Theater; Ensemble/Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins/Minnesota Jewish Theater; Mrs. Bradman/Blithe Spirit/Jungle Theater; Chana/Women's Minyan/Minnesota Jewish Theater; Mary/The Thugs/Red Eye Theater; Mrs. Antrobus/The Skin of Our Teeth/Girl Friday Productions; Kate/Sylvia/Yellow Tree Theatre; Kate Alterman & others/The Triangle Factory Fire Project/MN Jewish Theatre Company; Mom and Mrs. Simmons/Peace Crimes/History Theater; Mrs. Gibbs/Our Town/Girl Friday Productions; Claire/The Left Hand Singing/Park Square Theatre; Mother and others/Machinal/Theatre Pro Rata; Mademoiselle/An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf/Girl Friday Productions; Leontine/The Triumph of Love/Park Square Theatre; Lori Martin/Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky/MNJewish Theatre Company; M’Lynn/Steel Magnolias/Commonweal Theatre; Belinda/Noises Off/Park Square Theatre; Melissa/Dahlia/Love Letters-Hate Mail/Girl Friday Productions; Maria/Twelfth Night/Paul Bunyan Playhouse; Lillian Davis/16 Spells to Charm the Beast/Mary Worth Theatre Co.; Ensemble/The History of the Devil/Mary Worth Theatre Co.; Reba/Last Night of Ballyhoo/Park Square Theatre; M’Lynn/Steel Magnolias/Paul Bunyan Playhouse; Grace/Bus Stop/Paul Bunyan Playhouse; Myra /Deathtrap/Paul Bunyan Playhouse; Edith/The Women/Park Square Theatre; Lenny/Crimes of the Heart/Dakota Civic Theater; Lady Chiltern/An Ideal Husband/Park Square Theater; Greek Chorus/The Trojan Women and Medea/Park Square Theatre.
EDUCATION B.A. Dramatic Arts - Macalester College
TRAINING Additional Training: Julia Carey, Jim Detmar, Steven Dietz, David Feldshuh, Emily Mann
AWARDS For Girl Friday Productions: Street Scene (Ivey Award for Director Craig Johnson) Street Scene (selected for Top Ten/year-end highlights from Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Lavender Magazine) The Skin of Our Teeth (selected as one of MinnPost's 2009 favorite productions) Our Town (selected as one of Pioneer Press' top 10 shows for 2007)