About Teatro ZinZanni
Teatro ZinZanni was originally launched in Seattle by Norm Langill and One Reel in 1998. Originally intended for a short run during the holiday season, the initial production enjoyed 14-sold out months leading to a permanent show in Seattle and expansion into San Francisco. After 13 successful years, One Reel launched Teatro ZinZanni as an independent arts organization in 2011.
Since it’s opening, Teatro ZinZanni has been delighting audiences with its swirling stream of performance, music and comedy presented in the elegance and intimate comfort of an antique Belgian spiegeltent or mirror tent. Best known for regular evening three-hour performances that blend cirque, comedy and cabaret served up with a multi-course gourmet meal, Teatro ZinZanni performances now include 90-minute Sweet Sunday Brunches, late night Mezzo Lunatico experiences, the special children’s’ program Zirkus Fantazmo, and Camp ZinZanni, a summer education program for kids ages 5 to 16. In 2011, Teatro Zinzanni is an independent non-profit arts organization headquartered in Seattle. For more information visit our company page.
President & Artistic Director
Norman is the creator of the special world of Teatro ZinZanni. He began his journey in 1972 with the creation of One Reel, the once traveling, off-beat vaudeville troupe that created campy classics, performed from the fold-down stage of an old 1931 Model A truck. Norman's career broadened to stage and screen actor, Emmy award-winning writer, playwright, director, producer, and Chief Executive Officer and President of One Reel. In 2011, 13 years after the creation of Teatro ZinZanni, Norman went back to his roots, leaving One Reel to serve full-time as president and artistic director of Teatro ZinZanni – producing campy classics performed in an old tent.
While best known for high-profile projects like Bumbershoot, Summer Nights at the Pier, the Family Fourth on Lake Union, WOMAD Festival and other live events Norman is more likely to cite his other accomplishments: orchestrating the first live performance of Spinal Tap; producing the first U.S. National tour of The Grand Kabuki Theatre of Japan; and producing the original tri-lingual musical Gumbo YaYa at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Annie began her career in technical theatre specializing in sound and lighting and production management. Once she completed time touring she returned to Seattle and worked as the Producing Director of the Folklife Festival for many years. Prior to joining Teatro ZinZanni, Annie served more than 17 years in various positions at One Reel, including stage manager for Summer Nights at the Pier and the Mainstage at Bumbershoot, eventually overseeing One Reel's production department. Currently Annie uses her operational skills as the Executive Director of Teatro ZinZanni in both San Francisco and Seattle.
Associate Artistic Director
Reenie is the Associate Artistic Director for Teatro ZinZanni, handling the casting and booking of artists in both Seattle and San Francisco, and the development of new projects. Prior to her role at Teatro ZinZanni, Reenie held several positions at One Reel, including Regional Booking Manager, Programming Director, and Artistic Director for Bumbershoot. Prior to her work with Bumbershoot, she worked as the Artistic Director for the WOMAD Festival in Marymoor Park, provided the artistic leadership and vision for The Seattle Art Museum's Black & White Ball, The LoDo Festival in Denver, and other One Reel projects.
Louise DiLenge brings 40 years of theatrical and programming experience to Teatro ZinZanni. The Contessa's career spans cabaret and comedy performance; costume and venue design; scripting and writing; event, touring, radio, television and commercial production; visual arts exhibition curation; literary festival production; as well as publication, educational outreach and curriculum development. A founding member of One Reel and Teatro ZinZanni, the Contessa oversees the unique look of Teatro ZinZanni's costumes and interiors.
Executive Director, Seattle
Originally from Switzerland where he held the posts of Managing and Artistic Director of the Theater “Dimitri,” in Verscio and Artistic Director for KleinTheater in Lucerne, Markus brings a long career in the theater to the spiegeltent. He’s been an instructor, a researcher, a project manager, a producer, a dramaturg, a board member, an acting coach and a fundraiser. For Theater Dimitri, a cultural center serving established actors, actors making their debut, theater and museum lovers and artists from all over the E.U. and the world, Markus managed the school, the company, a museum and a restaurant, producing over 200 shows a year. Markus convened a task force of Teatro ZinZanni staffers whose passion and experience for both circus arts and summer camps resulted in the successful launch of Camp ZinZanni in July 2008.
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Business Leader, Attorney
Marc serves as the Chairman of TZ's Board of Directors, as is also a member of the Anderson & Middleton Company advisory board, the Krmit LLC board, and of the MedEfficiency Inc Board (where he also serves as Chairman). He has extensive experience as both a practicing business attorney and as a member of senior management for several local and international companies.
CEO, Uwajimaya Inc.
Uwajimaya is the largest family owned Asian grocery and gift company. Ms. Moriguchi-Matsuno graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and worked as a commercial artist for ten years before returning to the family business. She has served as a board member of the Bullitt Foundation, Seattle Children's Theatre, International District Review Board, International PDA, and the Learning Tree Montessori School, as chairman of the Seattle Keiron Nursing Home auctions and Ayame Kai Guild for Keiro Nursing home and as commissioner of the Asian Affairs Commission.
President at Phinney Bischoff Design House
Karl Bischoff started his professional career as a musician (jazz, blues, rock, avant garde). He started inventing music synthesizers and became an electronic design engineer in 1970. He returned to school to become a commercial photographer (architecture and travel) and then founded Bischoff and Associates, Inc. He went on to become President/Executive Producer of Studio AV, which specialized in multi-image slide productions, which then merged with Phinney Design to become Phinney/Bischoff Design House. PBDH is an independent, highly regarded brand design firm with offices in Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho. Founded in 1982, PBDH offers world-class expertise in brand strategy, design, interactive and ideation. PBDH believes that great ideas in brand design come from inviting clients into the creative process. The firm is dedicated to bold and innovative work inspired by this transparent and inclusive approach to collaboration.
Mr. Douglas is a Seattle chef, restaurateur and writer. In 2001, The James Beard Foundation named Tom's book, Seattle Kitchen, Best Americana Cookbook. He received the honor of Best Northwest Chef in 1994. Tom also acts as consultant to Amazon, Macy's, Columbia Crest Wineries and CamWest Development. He has helped to define Northwest cuisine, starting with his first restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, which opened in 1989. This was followed by Etta's Seafood and Palace Kitchen, which was nominated for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 1996. More recently he opened a Greek restaurant, Lola, and the pizzeria Serious Pie. Mr. Douglas' seven Seattle restaurants are among the most widely loved by locals and visitors alike. He has also developed the "Rub with Love" product line of hand rubs, grilling sauces and snack mix, all of which are available in grocery stores.
Kelly E. Sweet
Client Advisor and VP/Laird Norton Tyee
Laird Norton Tyee is one of the Pacific Northwest's largest privately held wealth management firms serving high-net-worth clients, including individuals, families, private foundations and nonprofit organizations, with investment stewardship, personal strategic planning, generation-to-generation wealth transfer and family and business governance. Ms. Sweet helped launch Tyee Asset Strategies (now Laird Norton Tyee) in 1995 and served as chief knowledge officer. Ms. Sweet previously worked as a tax and financial planner for Moss Adams. With 20 years experience in the financial advisory field, One Reel is fortunate to have her serving on the Audit Committee.
Director, Business Services at Ant's Eye View
A non-profit organization since 1998, Teatro ZinZanni is dedicated to the community it serves through performances, education and outreach.