An Interview with

Kevin Kent

Kevin is one of the original cast members from 1998 and has been with Teatro ZinZanni ever since! Kevin starred in last year’s production “Coming Home,” dazzling audiences with his illustrious Queen of Hearts and bringing belly laughs as Doily. 

For this production, audiences can look forward to characters Seattle hasn’t seen in YEARS, or possibly at all. Kevin is breathing new life into an early ZinZanni character named Cookie – and trust us… you do NOT want to miss this!

We recently caught up with Kevin during his preparation for the Residency at Lotte Hotel Seattle, running October 12, 2023 – March 31, 2024.

Where are you from and how did you first connect to Teatro ZinZanni?

I’m from New Mexico. I live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. I still live in the house my parents built when I was about six months old. The altitude here is about 9,200 ft., high pine forest and grassy meadows. One might call me, Kevin Ingalls Wilder.

How long have you been performing? How did you get started?

I was George Washington in my first grade play. 

What was your first gig?

I moved to Seattle in the 1980s after a stint in London with Outcast Theatre. And I worked with a great improvisational group called Kings’ Elephant in New Mexico, Chicago, and then in Seattle, we all moved around together. But my first BIG, BIG paying gig was with Coca-Cola International Foods doing the Fruitopia Tour. Does anybody remember that product?

Where’s your favorite spot to visit in Seattle?

Hmmmmm . . . toughie.  I like Vashon. Maybe it’s the ferry ride and the feeling upon landing of being out and away, almost in the wild. (I know it is a little outside the Seattle city limits.) Wait, was I supposed to answer Teatro ZinZanni during their Lotte Hotel Residency?  (Was this a trick question?)

Besides performance, what do you like to do for fun? 

Well, we just got a 34-ton log splitter . . . enough said.

How do you think the Teatro ZinZanni show experience differs from other productions or shows you’ve been part of?

Teatro incorporates everything I have ever experienced in other shows – incredible creativity, wild abandon, group creation, and Teatro effectively dissolves the space between the performer and the guest.

If you had to describe your act in three words – what would they be?

Dignity, always dignity. (LOL)

You were one of the original Teatro ZinZanni cast members from 1998 – how has it grown since then?

How has it grown and moved and been shaken, and stirred? Teatro has exploded. The first performances with Ann Wilson and so many others are so hard to top, and yet, Teatro continues to top itself and evolve and explode, and I love it.

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