Kirsten Guenther is thrilled to be a part of the Forster-Thomas team! A playwright and librettist, she uses her dramatist background to help MBA candidates navigate their life experiences and turn them into captivating stories.
Kirsten began her writing career as a journalist working as a Paris Correspondent. Later, she headed to New York to pursue an MFA in playwrighting at NYU. Kirsten has appeared on the cover of The Dramatist magazine as “a writer to watch,” and is the recipient of a Richard Rodgers Award, Lincoln Center Honorarium, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Marge Goldwater Scholarship and was a Disney/ASCAP workshop participant. She is currently developing several projects she is passionate about which include adapting the MGM film, Benny & Joon, for stage and writing the book for the new musical Measure of Success (Lark Play Development Center, The Orchard Project). She is also penning a commission for San Francisco’s FOGG theater company.
In 2011, Kirsten appeared on NBC’s The Apprentice on the “Broadway Backers” episode as a “guest-expert” alongside her musical Little Miss Fix-It (recently workshopped at Roundabout Theater Company). Kirsten wrote the book to Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award), which was workshopped at Playwrights Horizons starring Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). Kirsten’s lyrics have been heard on Broadway’s Carols For a Cure album; as well as in tributes for Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper.
Kirsten’s work has been performed throughout the New York area including the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Goodspeed, Barrington Stages, the York Theatre, NY City Center (Encores!), Joe’s Pub. But the thing that she is most passionate about is her role on the Advisory Board of Rosie’s Theater Kids.
What our Clients Say about Kirsten:
“While the entire team at Forster Thomas proved to be a beneficial resource throughout the MBA application process, I consider myself particularly lucky to have been paired with Kirsten as my essay writing coach. From day one Kirsten helped guide me throughout the essay process. Starting with a number of thorough conversations where we got to know one another, we were able to build a rapport and trust – something that was crucial when it came time to put pen to paper and write these personal types of essays. Over a period of two months Kirsten and I worked together, with almost daily emails and calls, in order to develop an essay that expressed who I was – and create something that was more than just an expanded resume. Throughout the process Kirsten continually made suggestions and helped me craft an essay that allowed me to take advantage of strict word count mandated by the different schools. As a result of the hard work (and many, many drafts) I put in I was accepted to my top choice school.”
At the beginning of the application process, I felt utterly lost. Kirsten truly took the time to understand my story and worked with me to convey that story through my essays. Her guidance made the process much less stressful. She encouraged me to be honest with myself and pushed me to write the best essays that I could. Working with Kirsten was a truly rewarding experience. Not only because I got into HBS (my top choice!) but also because she helped me discover what I really want to do after business school.