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Jeff Zinn is an American director and actor.

Jeff Zinn
Portrait of Jeff Zinn.jpg
EducationFranconia College (BA)
New York University (MA)
Harvard University (MFA)

He played Danny in the off-Broadway production of Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet and Trety in The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman starring Derek Jacobi. Zinn was a stand-in and photo-double for John Travolta in the celebrated film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. His feet are featured in the iconic opening sequence underscored by the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive". He earned a B.A. from Franconia College and M.A. from New York University. Post graduate studies an MFA the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and a certificate in executive leadership from the Kennedy School of Government.[1] He was artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater from 1988 -2011.[2][3] He was the Managing Director of Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester Massachusetts from 2015-2018. He is the author of The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off, Smith and Kraus Publishers, 2015.

He is the son of socialist historian Howard Zinn.


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  2. ^ Simonson, Robert (August 4, 2002). "A New Vigor for Theater on the Cape". New York Times.
  3. ^ In 1988 he joined the directing program at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training

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