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- Info:Jan van de Stool is the comedy alter-ego of Queenie van de Zandt , as seen on Australia's Got Talent.
JAN VAN DE STOOL
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Based in Sydney, NSW
Jan van de Stool is the comedy alter-ego of Queenie van de Zandt, a well known Australian theatre actress, singer, comedian and writer. As seen on channel nines Australia’s got talent. Link
Born in Canberra to Dutch immigrants, van de Zandt attended St. Matthews Primary School and St Francis Xavier High School before graduating in the top 2% of her state at Daramalan College.
She relocated to Sydney in 1992 and began her career performing in musicals and stage plays such as Cabaret, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Threepenny Opera, Furious, Barmaids, After January, and The Boy from Oz. She has since worked extensively in musical theatre, plays, cabaret, on television and in film, as well as recording an album of original music.
Alongside her career as a performer, van de Zandt also teaches in the field of audition technique and musical theatre performance and has held lecturing positions at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, the Victorian College of the Arts and the NIDA Open Program.
Queenie van de Zandt is also a songwriter and writer. In 1994 Glen St Theatre in Sydney produced Jingle Belrose (later re-titled Up The Shops), which she co-wrote with Tony Taylor, Craig Ilott and Jonothan Mayer, and in 2001 the show was again produced by ATYP in Sydney.
In 1996 she recorded and released her first solo album, Amazon Woman, which she co-wrote with Andrew Worboys.
In 1999 she performed her original material at the National Folk Festival. Her subsequent one-woman show Amazon Woman and Other Stories has been performed at Kabarett Junction, Sydney, The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Basement, Sydney, Chapel off Chapel, and The Butterfly Club in Melbourne and at Theatre 3, Canberra. She is set to release her second album, Other Stories, later this year.
2005 has seen Queenie shift into comedy, performing in the Brisbane and Sydney seasons of the 2005 Helpmann Award nominated Women In Voice 14 and The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, playing her self-devised character, Jan van de Stool, to great success with audiences and critics alike.
Most recently she was a leading cast member, performing and writing alongside comedy legends, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Peter Moon, Dave O’Neil and Colin Lane on the Channel 7 Sketch Comedy Show: Let Loose Live.
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