Past work


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pickled heart

A 90-minute musical that premiered at the Palace Theatre (London, ON) as part of the London Fringe Festival in June 2017, book by Jessica Seguin, Music by Kristen Zaza. Pickled Heart featured Megan Poole, Leete Stetson and Tessus Barao.

Audio clips of incidental music from Pickled Heart can be listened to below.


Based on Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights, EARNSHAW was presented in workshop format at the Edward Jackman Centre (Toronto, ON). A 60 minute musical/dramatic exploration of Brontë's text, EARNSHAW was the first of Kristen's one-woman re-interpretations of a classic novel.

A video of musical excerpts from EARNSHAW can be found in "Media", and a demo track of the song "Ghosts" from the soundtrack can be listened to in "Music" below. 

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Father Manning

A 2015 short film directed by Bryan Kowalsky, "Father Manning" includes a vocal cover and piano-only cover of the traditional folk song "The Parting Glass" by Kristen Zaza.

Listen to "The Parting Glass" below; watch "Father Manning" at:


casimir and caroline

A modern adaptation of Ödön von Horváth's play translated and directed by Holger Syme, Casimir and Caroline was presented at the Luella Massey Studio Theatre in November, 2015. Produced by The Howland Company (a Toronto-based theatre company of which Kristen is a founding member), Kristen arranged the music and musically directed the show, as well as having performed in it as an actor.


Hamlet was produced at Hart House Theatre in November 2015, directed by Paolo Santalucia. Kristen arranged a musical score that was sung live by four actors, involving mostly a capella songs with minimal - and unusual - use of a single out-of-tune piano (including covers of Britney Spears' "Toxic", and "Will the Circle be Unbroken").

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measure (still) for measure

Measure (still) for Measure, adapted, conceived and directed by Nora Williams, was presented at the University of Exeter (Exeter, England) in February 2016, and again at Nichols School (Buffalo, NY) in the spring of 2017. Kristen wrote several original pieces of music to be used in movement-based sequences. An adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this production self-describes as "intersectional feminism meets Shakespeare".