a lot about Z
No one that knew Zeniba as a child is surprised by her vocation. She began to train competitively in interdisciplinary arts at the age of 10, excelling at improv and musical theatre all while denying that she would ever seriously pursue a career in the arts. At age 17, Zeniba was gifted her first laptop computer and began to produce short films and music. That same year, she left Los Angeles and moved to the east coast where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Directing from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. After graduation, she continued to produce original content and teach musical theatre between directing and performing in productions across the world.
In 2016, she starred in and co-wrote a short musical adaptation of Toni Morrison’s BELOVED for Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs’ #BARS at The Public Theater with Jay Adana. Zeniba and the piece were later featured on PBS’s The Great American Read which paid honor to the impact of cherished American literature. Z and Jay went on to become the inaugural Alumni Residency writers of #BARS and worked to develop a new musical, THE LOOPHOLE, with the mentorship of Jeanie O’Hare. THE LOOPHOLE has since been developed by The Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellowship, produced in a developmental production at The Public Theatre, featured at the 50th Anniversary Gala of HAIR, and won the 2020 Richard Rodgers Award.
Recently, Zeniba wrote and performed a section of the audio play HUMAN RESOURCES (St. Louis Rep, Woolly Mammoth) with Teddy Roxpin and The Telephonic Literary Union. The song “Stay on The Line” from the show is available on all music streaming platforms. While developing musicals for the stage and screen with various teams and collaborators, Zeniba regularly releases shorts like “The Nap Anthem” song and music video with Fatuma Adar ft. Clear Mortifee, which Bo Burnham called "funny and beautiful."
Zeniba has continued to play a role in the development of dozens of digital shorts and new musicals as director, coach, consultant, actor, educator, and writer. Parts of her one-woman show "iQuit: Millennial Retirement Gala" have been viewed over two million times on the internet and she has collectively worked to create over 100 million views for various independent projects and businesses. Z has collaborated with Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The Public Theatre, Mixed Blood, NYU Playwright Horizons, Goodspeed Musicals, NYC WinterFest, NYMF, Theatre Raleigh, Theatre by The Sea, RWS & Associates, La Mama, The Dramatist Guild Foundation, The American Theatre Wing, Joe’s Pub, The GreenRoom42, 54 Below, Farmingdale Arts Council, The Gibney, Holland America Cruise Line, Bad Dog Theatre Toronto, Woolly Mammoth, St. Louis Rep, Ring of Keys, Democracy Now, Caveat, SPACE on Ryder Farm, SpeakEasy Stage, Signature Center, New York Theatre Barn, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.
Z is passionate about the effects of heart and brain coherence on human consciousness and has completed Alpha Brainwave Training 1 at Dr. James Hardt’s Biocybernaut Institute and completed two advanced retreats on meditation’s effects on piezoelectricity with Dr. Joe Dispenza. She has additional training in antiracism and leadership from Urban Bush Women, and graduate coursework in Trauma & Communal Suffering, The Shape of The Story, and Artist Identity from NYU Gallatin where she briefly pursued an Independent Masters in Musical Film and Television. She has additional film and tv training from The Independent Film School and Writing Pad Los Angeles. Zeniba is the winner of the 2021 Jonathan Larson Award, 2021 Vivace Award, the 2020 Richard Rodgers Award, and West High’s Funniest Senior.