anna-zicerProgram Director

Anna Zicer is a drama instructor, Jewish educator, producer, and an actor. She is a 2013 recipient of The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” Award. Born in St. Petersburg and raised in Israel, she moved to NY in 2007 as an emissary of Taglit Birthright Israel and continues working as a consultant in the field of Jewish education. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and soon after, decided to form a group of Russian Jewish actors living in NY who share similar stories and past experiences. Anna believes in ensemble work and the field of experimental theatre. By forming the Lost & Found theatre project, Anna hopes to create the first young Russian-Jewish ensemble troupe in NY working on original materials based on the verbatim technique. Through this project, Anna hopes to create a dialogue between the past and present. With the help of the wonderful actors in her project, she wants to bring back stories, which already ceased to exist and make them relevant to today.

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The Lost & Found Project is an experimental theatrical troupe, founded by Anna Zicer and a group of young Russian-Jewish actors in NYC. Through the use of verbatim technique in its original productions, Lost & Found cast unabashedly reaches into the depth of the Russian- Jewish American experience to vocalize the struggles and celebrate the successes, and ultimately help its audience connect with the communal sense of pride and belonging. To learn more about the troupe and its productions please visit

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The goal of the project is to give young Russian-Jewish actors an opportunity to become more aware of their family stories through a process of personal research and investigation. During the process, actors participate in a series of improvisation workshops and experimental theater movement sessions.

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