Queenie van de Zandt
Queenie van de Zandt is well known for her incredible versatility as a performer having worked extensively in musical theatre, plays, cabaret, on television and film, and as a recording artist, comedienne and writer. She is considered to be one of the country's best musical theatre performers and Australia's leading teacher of audition technique for musical theatre, song performance and cabaret.
On television Queenie has worked on: Winners & Losers, Very Small Business; City Homicide, Da Kath & Kim Code; Let Loose Live; All Saints; Denton; Mornings with Kerri-Anne; Good Morning Australia; The Midday Show; The 7.30 Report and The Mick Molloy Show and in theatre she has worked for companies throughout Australia including STC, QTC, The Ensemble, La Boite and the Malthouse, in plays such as: Women of Troy; Face to Face; Rabbit Hole; Absent Friends; Abigail’s Party; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Barmaids; Caucasian Chalk Circle; Secret Bridesmaids' Business; The Vagina Monologues; The Road to the She-Devil’s Salon; Furious; and Speaking in Tongues. Queenie has also had roles in the films: Scooby Doo - The Movie, Salem’s Lot, and played the leading role of Margo in the Aussie feature film Girl Clock.
However Queenie is still probably best known for her extensive work in musical theatre and cabaret. Queenie has played leading roles in hit musicals such as: Follies, Into the Woods, King Kong, Smoke & Mirrors, Oliver!, The Full Monty, Anything Goes, Cabaret, The Boy From Oz, Eureka – The Musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Hair, and in 2016 she will play the role of Peg in Dusty. In her early career she also performed in such classic musicals as Les Misérables and The Threepenny Opera.
As a writer, Queenie has co-written two albums of original music: Amazon Woman and Other Stories and her subsequent one-woman cabaret show, Amazon Woman and Other Stories, performed at music and cabaret festivals and music venues all over Australia. Her two other critically acclaimed cabaret shows, CABARET - In 12 Easy Steps and The Best (and Worst) of Queenie van de Zandt have toured to every major cabaret festival in Australia and she continues to tour each show regionally. In 2014 Queenie released Queenie van de Zandt - Live in Cabaret - a live recording of one of her cabaret performances.
Queenie's alter-ego, Jan van de Stool, the madcap International Musical Therapist gathered a national cult following, when she appeared on Australia's Got Talent in early 2016. Her one-woman show I GET THE MUSIC IN YOU an evening with Jan van de Stool which she co-wrote with Tony Taylor, performed to packed houses in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide and in 2006 played to sold-out houses and great critical acclaim for an extended season at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney. She continues to tour the show to venues and comedy festivals around Australia. Jan van de Stool has been seen by over 1 million Australians through her shows, her work in corporate theatre and her online presence on YouTube and social media.
Queenie has been nominated for 13 major theatre awards for her work in musicals and cabaret, winning 3 times. In 2008 Queenie won the Jeffry Joynton-Smith Memorial Glug Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play and the AussieTheatre.com Award for Best Female Actor and in 1997 she won the MEAA A.C.T. Green Room Award. The many awards she has been nominated for include: 2015, 2014, 2009, 2008 and 2005 Green Room Awards; a 2009 Glug Award for Best Actress; 2 AussieTheatre.com Awards in 2007; a 2006 Sydney Theatre Award; and a 2004 Helpmann Award.
For the past 17 years Queenie has presented her master classes, workshops and courses in cabaret, song performance and audition technique for musical theatre around the country. She is also writing a book about audition technique.
Over the years Queenie has studied speech and drama, singing, dancing, and acting at some of the best institutions in Australia. She has completed workshops in improvisation, film and television performance, voice over technique, singing and dialects. Over the past 28 years of her career, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of Broadway and the West End’s greatest directors, musical directors and choreographers, and also some of Australia’s best performers such as Tim Minchin, Eddie Perfect, David Wenham, Todd McKenney, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Fox, John Waters, Peter Carroll, Paul Mecurio, Judi Connelli, Joel Creasey, Andrew Denton, Dave Hughes, Kate Miller-Heidke, Chrissy Amphlett, Sammy J, Kate Ceberano, David Campbell, Lawrence Mooney, Georgie Parker, Rob Mills, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley, Michael Veitch, and Nancye Hayes and she is a well-known and highly regarded artist within the musical theatre industry.
She has held teaching positions in numerous performing arts schools, has been invited to conduct master classes and seminars throughout Australia and has written musical theatre courses for several leading institutions. She has taught in the music department at NIDA, and has held teaching positions in the music theatre courses at VCA and BAAPA. She teaches both adults and children, professionals and amateurs, and many of the people who have studied with Queenie, have gained entry to acting schools and been cast in leading roles in musicals. Her workshops have a very high success rate with a large percentage of children and adults who participate in her workshops subsequently being cast in the professional musicals she prepares them for. Her former students have played lead roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, Heathers, Matilda, Ghost, Fiddler on the Roof, Dr Zhivago, King Kong, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Strictly Ballroom, Once, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Follies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Annie, The Addams Family, Love Never Dies, Songs for a New World, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Grease.
In 2015 Queenie founded The Australian Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) with her good friend and theatre producer Tiffany Noack. AMTA offers workshops and courses for students of all skill levels, giving people the tools to live creative, passionate and fulfilling lives, working with the best instructors in Australia.
Queenie brings to her work, not only this wealth of experience but also her fine communication skills, her passion for theatre, her warm and positive nature and her wonderful sense of humour.
Queenie has been a proud member of the MEAA since 1989.