Alumni Profile: Kira Geiger
By Tara Sackman ’07
Kira Geiger ’11 started seriously pursuing acting in Middle School, although it is clear that she was always interested in theater.
“I played baby Jesus, so you could technically say I have acted my whole life,” Kira said.
Kira is well known for numerous roles in which she has graced the Bear Creek stage. From one of the ruffians in The Man in the Iron Mask to Feste in Twelfth Night and Hecate in Macbeth, Kira has developed an exceptionally broad stage repertoire. Bear Creek’s long-time drama teacher Dr. Lynch first observed Kira prior to her entering The Bear Creek School in grade 8, when she played the lead role in Annie at the Legacy Home School Center. He immediately saw the promise of a skilled stage actor. Kira has since developed a depth of talent, spanning both the vocal range and dramatic flair of a seasoned acting professional.
Following graduation from The Bear Creek School in June 2011, Kira played the female lead, Babe, in the CORE Theatrics summer production of The Pajama Game. The production called upon Kira’s acting, singing, and dancing abilities. She rehearsed Monday through Friday for six weeks for at least three hours a day, and six to seven hours a day in the last week before the show opened. Kira also performed in several previous CORE productions: Godspell, Dancing at Lughnasa, Les Misérables, Steel Magnolias, and Thirteen.
Kira is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). This year she has been adjusting to college life and has been a member of the tech crew for A Street Car Named Desire while studying theater. Her courses are academic in format but also involve more hands-on theater classes, such as stage combat and mime.
Kira discovered that joining the Professional Actor Training Program at UNCSA links her to an impressive group of faculty, alumni, and professional connections on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Her graduating class will have fewer than 30 students, and the entire drama program at the undergraduate level is approximately 200 students.
“It really is like Bear Creek. I love how small it is,” Kira said. The mission of UNCSA’s drama department resonates with Kira. The dean of the department sets the tone: “Art can either elevate or denigrate. We make art that elevates.” Kira sees the program as a natural extension of her years at Bear Creek.
As she looks to the future, Kira says, “I would love to be on Broadway; that’s been a lifelong dream—or any movie or TV show—I’d take that too.”