Di Zhu is a critically-acclaimed actress, classical pianist and the Managing Director at The Russian Arts Theater and Studio. Her work in the theater has taken her to stages throughout New York City, as well as London, Scotland, Turkey and Japan.
Di began her classical piano training at the age of seven, and made her debut at 17 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, after winning the Grand Prize in the Young Artist Auditions sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic League. Shortly after, she won the Grand Prize at the Inaugural International New York Piano Competition and was featured in the documentary Speaking With Music (Dir. Lucy Bruel), which played nationally on PBS. At 18, Di was accepted into the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student where she majored in Piano Performance and Literature. Throughout her training as a classical pianist, she studied under many Russian master teachers who fostered in her a deep love of Russian art and culture.
In the second year of her collegiate studies, Di made the decision to change course in her artistic pursuits and moved to New York City, where she began her journey as an actress. It was at The Russian Arts Theater and Studio that she found her artistic home, where she rekindled her passion of Russian literature. Since then, Di has appeared in many productions of Russian classics, most recently as Anna Sergeyevna in the critically-acclaimed Lady With a Lapdog With Jokes and a Happy Ending, a comedy-drama based on the short stories of Anton Chekhov. Other appearances include Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Or, The Devil Comes to Moscow, (Margarita), Three Sisters (Masha) Crime and Punishment (Sonya), Avenue of Wonder, adapted from Nikolai Gogol's Nevsky Prospekt (Dark Woman), Swan Song (Pianist), My Uncle Chekhov, adapted from Anton Chekhov's The Darling (Olenka), The Bear (Popova), Uncle Vanya (Yelena), and The Seagull (Masha), This past January, Di was invited to join the cast of Love, Laughter and Vodka With Anton Chekhov: Selected Shorts Live at Symphony Space, where she performed Anton Chekhov's Death of a Government Clerk, sharing the stage with many notable actors of stage and film, including Rainn Wilson and Cynthia Nixon.
Other New York theater credits include Theatre Three Collaborative's The Beekeeper's Daughter (Admira), Extreme Whether (Rebecca), and Another Life (Lucia). Film and TV credits include Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and NBC's The Blindspot.
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