“It is no coincidence that after a few months of working together I booked several shows one after another, including a principal role in a Broadway First National tour.” - Katerina Papacostas (Kinky Boots and Tootsie)
As a performance/audition coach and director, Kristine works with Broadway and musical theater performers, dramatic actors, comedians, singers, cabaret acts, and other performing artists of all ages. She draws from four decades in the business, including performing on television, Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, and cabaret, as well as a decade of successfully coaching and directing professional performers. She is known for attention to detail and her above-and-beyond commitment to her students’ success.
Kristine is dedicated to helping you make major breakthroughs onstage and in your career. She’ll guide and push you to take the risks that allow you to shine. Most importantly, Kristine will help you discover and utilize what sets you apart on stage. You'll enter the casting room and take the stage with focus and confidence.
Coaching with Kristine can include:
- Preparing for auditions and expanding your audition books
- Developing new material (solo and groups) including show concepts, patter, and song selection
- Working closely with your musical director on arrangements tailored to your unique voice and style
- Crafting written material for club acts, benefits, and variety shows
- Learning the ins and outs of the business
- How to approach a role when you get cast
- How to effectively organize your work and your time as an actor
- Strengthening your material and unique point of view – to be at your best for auditions and performances
Kristine also teaches group classes; please visit the CLASSES + PERFORMANCES page for her schedule.
THIS SH$%T WORKS!
“Kristine coached me and literally the next day I booked a Broadway show. Imma plug this class all over the damn place!” - Diane Phelan (School of Rock)
“Kristine Zbornik coached me through my Book of Mormon auditions, and saying she is a miracle worker is an understatement. Her talent lies in being able to read a person and giving them all the tools they need to step into an audition feeling prepared and confident. I booked that gig and am still with the show today!” - Randy Aaron (Book of Mormon)
“Kristine offers fresh insights and an unwavering belief in having you succeed. She helped shape both versions of my one-woman show and with audition prep. I have found her approach extremely helpful in giving me permission to go further with my own ideas and to uncover new possibilities in my material.” - Lori Hammel (Mamma Mia! Broadway
and National Tours, Master of None, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, national Rocket Mortgage commercial with Keegan-Michael Key)
“Kristine is one of my all-time favorite performers to work with: insightful, fully present, inventive and always tuned-in to her fellow performer. She’s also a warm, genuine and utterly unique person, and she brings all of the above to her teaching. Even after thirty (ahem cough cough) plus years in this business, I always take away new and invaluable insights from a coaching with her. She just gets it.” - Michael West (NEWSical)
"Kristine has helped me immeasurably when I'm dreaming up a new show. Not only to run my material by her seasoned ear to let me know if I'm going in the right direction, but also to ask questions which really stimulate my concepts. She never does the thinking for you, but she certainly makes you think! Often in the same way that audience members, reviewers or casting agents will already be thinking." - Lady Bunny
"Kristine's work is insightful, personal, and practical. She has both the knowledge and experience for working in this business. Working with Kristine has been an invaluable resource for both my work on stage and in the audition room. She doesn't teach tricks, but rather first diagnoses how the actor can best connect with the given material. She’s my first call for every audition.” - Rhett Guter (Lead roles in Oklahoma and Bye, Bye Birdie, Goodspeed Opera House)
"Coaching with Kristine is a mini master class every time. She just gets it." - Rhett Guter
“Kristine cuts through all the bullshit that can stink up this business and brings you back into your own flavor and interestingness. I dig her ass kicking style!” - Tara Tagliaferro (Sister Act National Tour)
“Kristine Zbornik is a master. Working with her makes me feel prepared and focused in every audition. We always find the honesty and true choices together. She is magical.” - Nick Kohn (Avenue Q)
“Kristine Zbornik is an amazing women and a brilliant teacher. Her coaching is so specifically designed to fit every student individually. The caring, generosity and energy that she so viscerally gives me is intangible and every time I work with Kristine I’m more confident, calm and fully prepared for whatever is coming my way. She is a FORCE!” - John Salvatore (Jersey Boys)
“As an actress, the work I’ve seen Kristine do is hysterically brilliant — bold and brassy, yet always rooted in truth. As a teacher, Kristine is perhaps even more brilliant. She is spot on, no matter the material. Kristine is wickedly smart, demanding truth with every moment; always gentle, compassionate and nurturing....but demanding truth. She is a master.” - Derek Staranowski, actor and cabaret performer