ZOE KAZAN (Chantry) wrote the screenplay for and executive
produced Ruby Sparks.
An acclaimed theater actress and 2005 graduate of Yale University, Kazan made
her New York stage debut in 2006 in the Off-Broadway revival of The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie opposite Cynthia Nixon. She continued to shine on stage in
2007, starring in Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan
Hawke, and Playwrights Horizons' production of 100 Saints You Should Know, for
which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured
Actress in a Play, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for
Outstanding Featured Actress. In January 2008, Kazan made her Broadway debut
opposite S. Epatha Merkerson in a revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little
Sheba. Following this role, Kazan was named the recipient of the 2008 Clarence
Derwent Award, honoring -the most promising female and male performers on the
New York metropolitan scene. She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent
Award for three roles in one year: Come Back, Little Sheba, 100 Saints You
Should Know and Things We Want.
Since then, she has returned twice to Broadway: in 2009 as Masha in Ian
Rickson's critically acclaimed production of The Seagull, opposite Kristin Scott
Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan; and in 2010 in Martin McDonagh's
comedy A Behanding in Spokane opposite Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell.
Kazan returned to Off-Broadway in the fall of 2010, starring as Harper in The
Signature Theatre Company's revival of Tony Kushner's Angels In America.
Kazan is also a promising playwright, whose family drama Absalom was produced
at the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theater of Louisville in 2009. Her second
play, We Live Here, was produced Off-Broadway by The Manhattan Theatre Company
in the fall of 2011, in a production directed by Sam Gold.
As Kazan continues her success in the theatre, she also has been working
consistently on the big screen. Kazan received high praise for her breakout role
as Maureen Grube in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
and Kate Winslet. She also appeared in Paul Haggis' thriller In The Valley Of
Elah with Charlize Theron, Gregory Hoblit's Fracture with Ryan Gosling, Rebecca
Miller's The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, Richard Linklater's Me And Orson Wells,
Josh Radnor's Happythankyoumoreplease, Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff with Paul
and Michelle Williams, and Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated with Meryl Streep.
Kazan was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film by the Tribeca Film
Festival in 2009 for her first starring role, in Bradley Rust Gray's The
Exploding Girl. She also guest-starred in four episodes of HBO's Bored To Death,
opposite Jason Schwartzman.
Since wrapping Ruby Sparks, Kazan has acted in three independent films,
including starring roles in the upcoming In Your Eyes, written and produced by
Joss Whedon, and The Pretty One, written and directed by Jenee Lamarque and
co-starring Jake Johnson.