After 40-plus years in show business, Kristine Zbornik continues to blaze new frontiers as an actor, director, and 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. Please check the CLASSES+PERFORMANCES page for more information.
The New York Post called her a madcap mix of Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball, and Bette Midler; her father called her a lazy piece of shit that would never amount to anything -- you decide.