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Kay Kostopoulos directs and teaches acting, acting pedagogy, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Drama Department and Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University. She also teaches “Acting with Power” at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Kay has created and directed training programs for Stanford’s School of Medicine and co-teaches a program for their Symbolic Systems Department in the development of facial recognition for the treatment of autism. She has taught private seminars for Stand and Deliver Consulting, The National Association of Speakers, Capital City Young Writers Conference, Silicon Valley Romance Writers Conference, Stanford’s Executive Program for Women and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, and eBay’s Global Women’s Conference.

Kay is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theatre, where she taught acting and directed student projects as a core faculty member of A.C.T.’s Advanced Training Program. She has taught “Acting for Teachers” at Dominican University and acting and directing at City College of San Francisco, Vector Theatre Conservatory, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and DeAnza College. She served as Education Director at The California Shakespeare Festival. At Stanford, Kay performed the voices of Athena, Penelope, Circe, Calypso, and Helen in “Encountering Homer’s Odyssey,” an online classics program through the Stanford/Princeton/Yale Alliance. She has directed and performed in educational projects for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, including the Emily Dickinson, William Saroyan, and Charles Darwin Centennials.

Kay has acted in many Bay Area and regional theaters, including A.C.T., the Magic Theatre, the San Francisco and California Shakespeare Festivals, and Stanford Summer Theatre. She has additional credits in voiceover, film, and television and performs throughout the Bay Area with her music ensemble, Black Olive Jazz.