For the multi-talented Annie Kozuch, music, theater and performance called to her from an early age and no other option was ever seriously considered.
Born in New Jersey, Annie grew up in Mexico City, speaking both English and Spanish. Music was always a major part of the home atmosphere; especially Broadway musicals. Already participating in school plays and community theater, Annie had the powerful experience of being cast in Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger’s highly acclaimed The Falcon and the Snowman during her senior year in high school.
Graduating from Mills College in 1988 with degrees in Dramatic Arts and Psychology, she spent her junior year in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After graduation, she spent a highly impactful summer at American Conservatory Theater, studying with the highly acclaimed actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1990 (where she still resides), Annie pursued an extremely active career in theater, film, television/radio and song, performing at a variety of New York and regional theaters, while continuing to pursue her craft (including studies with the great Co-founder and Artistic Director of The American Place Theater, Wynn Handman).
By the year 2000, musical expression took full root, from intimate venues to symphonic concerts, including performing Broadway classics with the New Haven and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras. A two-year stint touring the U.S. in 2007/8 with the Nolan Gasser Quartet (now the San Francisco Jazz Quartet) laid the groundwork for more intimate performances, setting the stage for her longtime collaboration with the outstanding pianist Frank Ponzio. With Frank’s musical support and direction, Annie began to tell her own story in bi-lingual song, blending musical theater with the Great American Songbook, Jazz standards and Mexican boleros with her first one-woman show, Diva’s Lament. With the release of her critically-acclaimed debut CD Here With You in 2010, Annie and Frank have continued to tour and perform. Her most recent show Mostly Jobim premiered in 2012, with the CD release following in early 2013, with more concerts and touring in the works. She and Frank are currently planning her next recording.
Among her other professional activities, Annie is quite busy in the world of on camera commercials and voice-over recordings in both English and Spanish. She’s also heavily active in fundraising on behalf of a number of charities.