Eugene O’Neill Theatre / Michael Mayer
National Tour / Stafford Arima
Dear Evan Hanson
Second Stage / Michael Grief
The Vineyard / Michael Mayer
Culture Project / Rachel Klein
New World Stages / Buddy Crutchfield
Atlantic Theatre / Michael Mayer
The Little Shubert / Meridee Stein
Public Theatre / George C. Wolfe
Esemble / US
Remy Zaken was born and raised in Connecticut, an hour away from the city. As soon as Remy could speak, she was singing. Her interest in acting was piqued by her involvement in Crystal Theatre, a children's community theater group located in the town over.
After a couple of shows, Remy begged her parents for more opportunities. They began combing Backstage daily, and as a result she booked the lead role in a regional production of Annie Warbucks. She was ten years old. Still thirsty for more, Remy auditioned for and booked the National Tour of Ragtime, associate directed by Stafford Arima.
Although Remy returned to Connecticut after the tour she was no longer content with just attending middle school. She made her Off-Broadway debut in Radiant Baby, directed by George C. Wolfe, at The Public Theater. Remy received her first acting award for Outstanding Debut (Outer Critics Circle) as Francie in Goodspeed's A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. She then flew across the country to play Becky in A Little Princess, a part she had originated and developed through numerous workshops.
Midway through her junior year of high school, she was cast as Thea in the Atlantic Theater Company workshop of Spring Awakening (directed by Michael Mayer). She would go on to originate Thea at ATC and on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill theater, where she performed until summer of 2008.
After deferred a year in order to stay with Spring Awakening, Remy finally attended Columbia College of Columbia University. She graduated in 2012 with a BA in psychology. But she was not one to stay away from the stage for long. Midway through her junior year, she was cast as the title character in Freckleface Strawberry, an Off-Broadway musical based on Julianne Moore's children's book. Remy maintained a full time course load at school while performing 8 shows a week.
Since she has graduated, Remy has been working steadily. She received rave reviews for her portrayal of sassy spurned librarian Hera in The Anthem, the stupid sexy sidekick of Venge in Brooklynite, and the mercurial voice of a generation Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.
She is currently standing by in Dear Evan Hansen, the new hit musical directed by Michael Grief.
In her spare time, Remy enjoys rock climbing, creating new work with her close friends, and watching Game of Thrones with her boyfriend, Max King, who designed this incredible website!
A Little Princess
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Pittsburgh Public / Pamela Berlin
TheatreWorks / Susan H. Schulman
Goodspeed / Ellinor Renfield
Home Street Home
The Guide To Being Single
And Her Naughty Naughty Pets
Eugene O'Neill Memorial Center
Old Globe / Walter Bobbie
The Electra / Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Meritage Pictures / Jacob Cooney
Dir. Mark Oxman
Law and Order
It Could Be Worse
61st Annual Tony Awards
Web Series (in production)
Web Series on Hulu
*Connecticut Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Debut” in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Broadway.com Audience Award Nominee for Favorite Breakthrough Performance.
"The small Ms. Zaken packs a big voice."
"Remy Zaken, who created the role of Thea in the original Broadway production of “Spring Awakening,” is exactly right as Anne. You have no trouble at all accepting her as a bright, eager adolescent full of half-understood longings..."
"Remy Zaken, beguiling and luminous, gives a noble performance as Anne: extroverted and curious one moment, then, by Act II, self-questioning about her stirring sexuality and fearful of the dark shadows that loom."
"Because the play is told intimately through Anne’s perspective, it allows the audience to lose their consciousness to the horrid reality of the world outside the annex and into her own poignant balance of naivety and maturity, fear and hope. Remy Zaken luminously controls this dichotomy through Anne’s formative years spent in hiding. She starts off jovial, oblivious almost but finds herself dealing with a search for identity and sense of sympathy without ever losing her radiant core."
"As the title character, Remy Zaken (“Spring Awakening” on Broadway) is perfect in her imperfections. The petite actress who looks the part also embodies a budding teen through and through — her adoration of her father at her mother’s expense, busting a ballet move during one of her nonstop rants, cruel and annoying one minute, caring and entertaining the next. We know Ms. Zaken’s Anna. She is a sister, a daughter, a friend in our sphere. She makes knowing what’s to come is all the more devastating."
"Playing young Anne Frank is no easy task. But 26-year-old Remy Zaken handles Anne’s transition from outspoken, self-involved child to a more sensitive, thoughtful but still-lively 15-year-old with seamless plausibility."
"Remy Zaken as Anne Frank rips the soul. Her snarky, yet exuberant demeanor makes you fall in love with joyful thoughts, and for one moment, we all believed that everyone was good. Zaken’s strength, wit, and fragility all combined for a relevant performance that truly touched the audience. Her broken sense of self, thirst for understanding and unconventional thought process pulled at the heart strings as she navigates life, love, hope, anger, and regret. Zaken, a graduate of Columbia University, embodied Frank with purity and intent. Through the darkened door in which Frank lives, Zaken characterizes the journey with elegance and spunk. Laughing in the face of a fundamental dissection of the human race, the audience fell hard for Frank, and were truly saddened that they never knew her. As I was surrounded by tears of men and women at the closing of the show, I realized the mastery that Zaken had achieved. A true audience envelopment. And while Zaken was fabulous, so was her supporting cast, each adding relevancy and depth to the soul crushing dynamic."
"The small Ms. Zaken packs a big voice" - The New York Times
"Beguiling and Luminous" - The Pittsburgh City Paper
"Remy Zaken, a little Dynamo" - Theatre Pizzazz
"Remy Zaken is exactly right as Anne" - The Wall Street Journal
"In the title character, Remy is perfect in her imperfections." - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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