Jeff Zinn Poster

Biography

JEFF ZINN has been producing, directing, acting, teaching, and writing about theater for most of his adult life. He is also an accomplished audiobook producer and narrator. His unabridged version of "A Peoples History of the United States" by Howard Zinn has sold more than 100,000 units.

He is probably best known as the longtime Artistic Director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) on Cape Cod where he produced almost 200 productions, many of which he directed. Under his leadership WHAT became a nationally recognized regional theater presenting provocative new American plays for a diverse and appreciative audience. As an actor he made his Equity debut as "Danny" in the original off-Broadway production of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity In Chicago", and appeared on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in "The Suicide." More recently he served as Managing Director of Gloucester Stage company where he directed "The Totalitarians" by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and the World Premiere of "Flight of the Monarch" by Jim Frangione. He has developed new plays at Ensemble Studio Theater, The White Barn Theater, The West Bank Cafe, Theater for the New City, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, New Jersey Repertory Theater, Boston Playwrights Theater, and as a member of the Circle Repertory Company Lab. In the Boston area he has directed for the Boston Playwrights Theater, the Nora Theater and the New Repertory Theater. His book, "The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off" (Smith and Kraus Publishing) was released in 2015.

Stupid claim to fame: He was John Travolta's photo double in the film "Saturday Night Fever." Travolta has denied it, but those are Zinn's feet striding into the camera during the opening credits as "Stayin' Alive" rocks the sound track.