Kristine’s bio and resume
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After 40-plus years in show business, Kristine Zbornik continues to blaze new frontiers as an actor, director, and performance coach. Her recent credits include appearances on hit TV shows The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime) and Tales of the City (forthcoming on Netflix). She also has a principal role as quirky amateur paleontologist Deborah McGuiness in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2, which broke records with the second-biggest launch in the history of entertainment -- generating $725 million in sales its opening weekend. Kristine is certified as an RYT® yoga instructor and has developed her own unique class, Zen Singing, which incorporates yoga, breathing, and mindfulness techniques to open the body and mind for full expression in singing and performing.
Her theatrical highlights include: Madame Morrible in the national tour of Wicked; Roz in the first national tour of 9 to 5, working closely with Dolly Parton, directed by Jeff Calhoun; and Rosie in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!. Kristine made her Broadway debut in A Catered Affair directed by John Doyle, with a book by Harvey Fierstein. Other favorites include: Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods in Central Park at the Delacorte Theater, alongside Amy Adams, Denis O’Hare and Donna Murphy; and 10 years in the Off-Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway. Kristine’s hilarious, fearless, and raucous cabaret performances, featuring twisted renditions of beloved showtunes and standards, have earned her a handful of MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards. Over the years, she has appeared at most of NYC’s cabaret clubs and piano bars including Joe’s Pub (with Jackie Hoffman), 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, and The Duplex.
Over the past decade, Kristine has discovered a new calling as a performance and audition coach to established and aspiring performers -- bringing her years of experience as a full-time, working actress, as well as her singular perspective, sense of humor, and dedication to the craft of performance. She regularly coaches Broadway actors before their auditions and after they have secured their roles, and she also develops and directs shows for cabaret performers and comedians. In addition to her private clients, Kristine is currently teaching at The Singnasium in New York City. Please visit the CLASSES page for information and testimonials.
“I started practicing yoga in the year 2000. Having lived on planet earth, I found myself on anti-depressants for a short time and hated them. My brother suggested I create endorphins in my brain on a regular basis through exercise. A friend of mine had just discovered Bikram Yoga and I decided to check it out. Maybe it was the repetition, maybe it was the heat, but something about it made me stay and commit to practicing on a regular basis for 11 years. Although I’ve shifted to other schools of yoga, I’ve never stopped practicing 4 to 5 times a week. Not one to ever care about formal education, degrees or certificates, it took me until 2018 to make it legal. I went to Modo Yoga teacher training and completed my 500-hour RYT® yoga certification. In 2013, I had started practicing meditation everyday. After getting into the daily groove through Transcendental Meditation, I branched out and am now a serious student of Zen Mindfulness Meditation, having studied the likes of Thich Nhat Hahn, Sharon Salzburg, Tara Brach, Hugh Bryne, and Frank Jude Boccio to mention a few.
As I age, I realize that I want to bring other people along this yoga and meditation path with me. Besides maintaining a daily practice, my goals with yoga are to assist folks who are older, have fear, physical limitations, injury, chronic pain or resistance to working with their bodies. I currently teach a popular class entitled Zen Singing - Being in the Zone, which helps performers connect mind, body, spirit and voice. Please check the Classes page for my Zen Singing teaching schedule. Email email@example.com for information on private yoga and meditation sessions. Namaste Bitches!!!!!” — Kristine