Teatro ZinZanni is a highly successful and delightful hybrid of comedy, theater, cabaret, music and fine dining that has been critically acclaimed since it opened its doors in 1998 with over one million guests having enjoyed this captivating experience. Teatro ZinZanni is part circus, part cabaret, and always magical. Described as “This city’s hottest ticket” by The New York Times Teatro ZinZanni is a night out unlike any other. It is a three-hour whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret artists all served up with a scrumptious multi-course feast and elegant libations. The ever-evolving and constantly changing production— at least three new shows per year — combines improv comedy, vaudeville revue, music, dance, cirque, and sensuality into a dizzying and colorful new form that is never quite the same from evening to evening. Famous for its intimate setting, the fast-paced action of the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you as you dine on a gourmet meal.
Norman Langill, Founder & President
Norman’s career spans over forty years beginning with the creation of One Reel in 1972. The once traveling, off-beat vaudeville troupe performing from a fold-down stage of an old 1931 Model A truck expanded to become an entertainment empire. As Founder and President, he presided over high-profile events including the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Summer Nights at the Pier concert series, Family Fourth of July Fireworks bash, the WOMAD USA festival, and Denver’s Lodo Festival. In addition, he created Seattle’s world-class 1990 Goodwill Games Arts Festival, a ground-breaking American tour by Japan’s Grand Kabuki Theatre, orchestrated the first live performance by Spinal Tap, and produced the original tri-lingual musical Gumbo YaYa for the 1992 Cultural Olympiad in Barcelona.
The original concept for Teatro ZinZanni was sparked by that visit to Spain, when Norman strolled into a weather-beaten spiegeltent. Inspired by the great cabarets of Europe, spiked with a fresh sense of American comedy, and steeped in absurdity, Teatro ZinZanni took shape. Since 1998 Norman Langill has conceived and directed over 50 productions and presided over 6,000 performances in Seattle, San Francisco, and Costa Mesa. Norman has been recognized for many accomplishments over the years including an Emmy for writing, a Grammy for lifetime achievement, the Royal Brougham Award, and an induction into the International Festivals Hall of Fame.
Annie Jamison, Chief Operating Officer
Annie began her career in technical theatre specializing in sound and lighting and production management. Once she completed time touring she returned to Seattle and worked as the Producing Director of the Folklife Festival for many years. Prior to joining Teatro ZinZanni, Annie served more than 17 years in various positions at One Reel, including stage manager for Summer Nights at the Pier and the Mainstage at Bumbershoot, eventually overseeing One Reel’s production department. Annie currently uses her operational skills as the COO of Teatro ZinZanni in both San Francisco and Seattle.
Michelle Haines, Director of Sales and Marketing
Michelle joined Teatro ZinZanni in 2013 bringing over a dozen years of experience in theatrical sales and marketing. Prior to joining the team she worked with Spotco, a leader in entertainment and arts advertising in New York City, developing strategy and overseeing advertising campaigns for Broadway engagements. Her work included the longest running American musical, Chicago, the return of Pippin to Broadway after 40 years that was awarded four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, and Grace, a new play starring Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon. Additional clients included Venus in Fur, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Ghost the Musical, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Michelle also led marketing campaigns for national tours working at DreamWorks Theatricals on Shrek the Musical and Madagascar Live, as well as with Broadway Across America in partnership with Nickelodeon Productions. Her national tour work extended to the presenting side promoting the Broadway at the Paramount series at the historic Paramount Theatre in Seattle WA including campaigns for Wicked and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes.
Kenwood Investments, LLC
Kenwood Investments, LLC, a California limited liability company led by Darius Anderson, invests in, develops and owns and operates entrepreneurial real estate and business assets in the Bay Area and California, with a focus on Bay Area hospitality, entertainment and master planned real estate projects.
Kenwood has successfully operated since 2000 and has been involved in numerous signature projects throughout its history, including the conceptualization and design of Treasure Island into a world-class sustainable neighborhood, obtaining the entitlements for that project and now working with our master development partnership, Treasure Island Community Development, LLC, constructing San Francisco’s newest neighborhood. Kenwood has also bought and operated The Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39, and has been a tenant in good standing of the Port of San Francisco in that capacity. Kenwood is currently finalizing the entitlements for a new 59 room boutique hotel in Sonoma, operates a boutique bed and breakfast and cooking school in Sonoma, the acclaimed Ramekins Cooking School, and has other investments in media, hospitality, and food, wine and catering businesses, as well as investments in residential developments in Northern California.
Darius Anderson, CEO and Managing Member
Darius Anderson has a long history of success in business, development, hospitality, government and finance. Darius has been involved in some of the most complicated and innovative deals in California, such as the Treasure Island development project, and has managed several highly sophisticated investments such as the recent acquisition of a large hospitality center and food, wine and catering business in Sonoma, California and a large media company. Darius has a passion for the arts, theater, and cultural pursuits, and has been a long time partner of Teatro ZinZanni dating back to its creation in San Francisco in 2000. During his ownership of the Aquarium of the Bay, Darius funded a landmark Seven Gill Shark Study in partnership with the University of California Davis, developed a Climate Change exhibit featuring large animals and ultimately, transitioned the Aquarium of the Bay to the Bay Institute, a local non-profit.
Bill Hooper, President
Bill brings more than 30 years of high level business experience to the Kenwood team, having served as the Executive Vice President of a successful division of publicly traded company for 26 years, and since 2010, as the President of Kenwood. During Bill’s tenure at Kenwood, the team has successfully closed more than $150 million in new acquisitions, including acquisitions in the hospitality, food, wine and catering industries, media and residential and commercial properties.
Jay Wallace, General Counsel
Jay has a long history of successful work in San Francisco since 1980, as a businessman, real estate developer and lawyer. Jay has worked with Kenwood since it’s founding in 2000 and has helped Kenwood acquire, fund, design, entitle and operate many of its past and current projects.