Actor, Writer, and Teacher in New York
Zenobia Shroff has been an actress, writer and teaching artist for over twenty-five years. She began her professional career at age sixteen as a commercial print model. After seven successful years as a model she switched gears to acting. She got her acting start in Mumbai under the mentorship of the legendary Pearl Padamsee. With Padamsee’s encouragement, she came to study acting at New York’s Circle in the Square theatre school. Soon after, she honed her craft at the off- Broadway theatre Castillo, where she played several and diverse roles such as Nora in Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s house’ to German avant-gardist Heiner Muller.
She also performed in Mario Frattis “Erotic adventures in Venice” at the famed La Mama and Milan Kunderas “Jacques and his master”.
A few years ago she was cast in Sooni Taraporevalas “Little Zizou”, presented by Mira Nair. For that role she was nominated as best actress at the New York Indian film festival. Next she was seen in ‘When Harry tries to Marry’, a Hollywood independent film. She followed that up with her first Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Ek main aur ekk tu’ playing opposite superstars Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan.
She has taught drama and movement extensively throughout New York City and Mumbai. In New York she has taught at ‘Arts Connection’ ‘Education in dance’ and ‘Youth onstage’ that city’s only fully gratis theatre school for inner city children. In Mumbai she has teamed up with Raell Padamsee and taught at ‘The little actors club’ as well as co-created with Ms. Padamsee ‘The Young actors club’. ‘Fit kid fun factory’, The Shiamak Davar Institute for Performing Arts, as well as several private clients in both cities.
Zenobia has been a lifelong dancer, starting with the classical Indian temple dance Bharat Natyam for several years and moving onto jazz and modern as a young adult.
She has performed stand up at Guild gallery, the Indo American arts council, Don’t tell Mama’s, the famed UCB and the South Asian international performing arts festival. This solo show HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS ACTOR premiered at Planet Connections Festivity in June 2016. For that performance she has been nominated as outstanding solo performer. Her latest film, Judd Apatow’s ‘The Big Sick’ was released in June 2017 to great critical and commercial success.
She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology. Her writing has been featured on theajnabee.com as well as on her web site www.zenobiashroff.biz