Zoe Kazan was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of screenwriter Nicholas Kazan and actress/producer/writer/director Robin Swicord, and the granddaughter of film and theatre director Elia Kazan. Zoe Kazan has stated that she did not know her grandfather was famous until she was thirteen. She was educated at the private Marlborough School in Hancock Park and Yale University, from which she graduated in 2005.
Her first professional stage credit was the 2006 off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Cynthia Nixon. She followed this with the Playwrights Horizons production of 100 Saints You Should Know and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke.
In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut opposite S. Epatha Merkerson and Kevin Anderson in a revival of William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called her performance “first-rate,” adding, “Ms. Kazan is terrific… read more