BETSY ZAJKO - AEA, - SAG-AFTRA

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  • Puppeteer (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Betsy Zajko has been puppeteering and repairing this 75 pound animatronic Jim Henson Creature Shop creature since 2010. She was trained in quadruped performance by John Alexander (Mighty Joe Young) who is considered one of Hollywood's top 10 full suit performers of all time.

  • Archival Reel (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    Sundance Festival: Estes Ave, STARZ: The Assassination File, IFC: The Journey, Sony Pictures: Mothman Prophecies, Columbia Pictures: Money for Nothing, HBO: Curb Your Enthusiasm, CBS: Mike and Molly

  • Comedy Commercial (Performance Video)  Quicktime

    This commercial written and directed by Fred Goss went viral with over 20 million retweets, and remixes on youtube and twitter.

  • Short Reel (SpeedReels)  Quicktime

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Represented by:

Amsel Eisenstadt Frazier Adult Theatrical Div. (CA) (323) 939-1188 Commercial, Equity, Hosting, SAG-AFTRA, Theatrical

Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier, Adult Commercial Div. (CA) (323) 939-1188 Commercial, Equity, Hosting, Print, SAG-AFTRA, Theatrical, Voice-Overs

Jeffrey Loseff Management (CA) (818) 505-9468 Equity, Hosting, SAG-AFTRA, Theatrical, Voice-Overs

Osbrink Voiceover Department (CA) (818) 760-2488 SAG-AFTRA, Voice-Overs

LA Drama Critics' Circle Award

Ovation Best Actress Nominee

Feature Story: American Theatre Magazine April 2012

"Talent of the Year" Chicago Screen Magazine

"Best Actress" Beverly Hills Outlook Award

Chicago Jeff Best Actress Nominee

TELEVISION

OK K.O. Let's Be Heros (Cartoon N)

Lead

Geneva Hodgson

Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Guest Star

Lesli Linka Glatter, dir

The Baxters

Co-Star

Tony Mitchell

Colony (USA)

Co-Star

Juan José Campanella

Body of Proof (ABC)

Co-Star

Eric Laneuville, dir

Mike and Molly (CBS)

Co-Star

James Burrows, dir

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Co-Star

Larry David, ex prod

FILM

Estes Avenue (Sundance)

Rachel Ackerman (lead)

Paul Cotter, dir

Crab Orchard (Dreamscape)

Debbie (supporting Ed Asner)

Robin Peters

The Journey (BBC)

Audrey (supporting Carrie Preston)

Harish Saluja, dir

Mothman Prophecies (Sony)

Tory Pherris (supporting Richard Gere)

Mark Pellington, dir

Money for Nothing (Disney)

Bartender (supporting John Cusack)

Ramon Menendez, dir

Proximity (HBO)

Mouring Wife (supporting Rob Lowe)

Scott Ziehl, dir

Script Doctor (Showtime)

Mrs. Taylor (supporting)

Scott Fields, dir

Assassination Files (Starz/Encore)

Tracy Pizzaro (supporting Sherilyn Fenn)

John Harrison, dir

THEATER

PSYCHOSIS 4.48 (Son of Semele)

Ensemble

Matthew McCray

INCOGNITO (Rubicon)

Woman 1

Katharine Farmer, dir

BROADWAY BOUND

Blanche

Jason Alexander, dir

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Rogue Machine)

Pauline

John Flynn, dir

THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Rogue Machine)

Ada (lead)

John Flynn, dir

ORANGE FLOWER WATER (Steppenwolf)

Catherine (lead, u/s)

Rick Snyder, dir

AMERIKAFKA (Trap Door)

Elli Kafka (lead)

Kate Hendrickson, dir

LUV (Theatre 40)

Ellen (lead)

Howard Teichman, dir

GAME OF LOVE & CHANCE

Lisette (lead)

Chris Pomeroy, dir

COLLECTED STORIES (Halle Theatre)

Lisa (lead)

Reuben Silver, dir

MACBETH

Lady Macbeth (lead)

Alan Byrne, dir

OF MICE AND MEN (Ensemble Theatre)

Curly's Wife (lead)

Lucia Columbi, dir

THE HOMECOMING (Ensemble Theatre)

Ruth (lead)

Tim Saukiavicus, dir

TRAINING - Columbia College, Theater and Dance, BA

IMPROV

Martin deMaat

Second City, Chicago

ENSEMBLE

Olympia Dukakis

Voices of Earth

MEISNER

Alan Burns

DANCE

Shirley Mordainne & Co.

VOICE

Carroll Day-Kimball (commercial)

Elaine Craig (commercial)

Dave Boat (animation)

Barbara Harris (looping)

Pat Fraley (narration, animation)

Mick Wingert (animation)

SKILLS

Movement & Sports

Animatronic Full Suit Work

Puppeteer

Pilates

Fire Arts (eating and spinning)

Circus Arts (stilts)

Martial Arts and Yoga

Dance Improvisation

Equestrian

Running

Special Interest

Teleprompter

Ear Prompter

Award Winning NPR Host

Blacksmithing & Tool Maker

Animatronic Repair

Language & Dialects

Elementary American Sign Language

Irish Dialect

Southern Dialect

Standard British Dialect

While Betsy Zajko usually plays a mom, nurse or news anchor on camera, as a voice actor she ranges from grandma to Jack Black. She has appeared in numerous films, television shows and commercials. A former journalist with awards from the Associated Press and the Society for Professional Journalists, Betsy was among a group of announcers named "best sounding" on NPR. Her work in plays has taken her to Steppenwolf, The Cleveland Playhouse, and Rogue Machine Theatre, and puppeteering a Jim Henson Creature.

Physical Characteristics / Measurements

Height: 5'5"

Weight: 135 lbs

Eyes: Blue

Hair Color: Blonde

Hair Length: Shoulder Length

 

Fire Eating, Full Suit Puppeteer, Ice Skating, Shooting - Revolver/Automatic, Swimming - ability - general, Yoga, Dancer, Ear Prompter, Improvisation, Licensed Driver, Precision Driver, Teleprompter, Vocal Range: Alto, Voiceover, American - Southern Accent, British - BBC English Accent, German Accent, Irish Accent