Adda van Zanden is an actress with a wide variety of experience in theatre, TV series, clips, documentaries and feature films. She studied acting with Warren Robertson from the Warren Robertson Acting Studio in New York and at De Trap Theatre Academy with Nancy Gould and Shireen Strooker. She also specialized in Method acting under the supervision of Cliff Sutton.
Her leading roles in theatre include: Medea. Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House of Bernard Alba and Muse of the New Era. She also appeared in films and TV, such as Amsterdamned, HoogsteTijd, Shadow of Victory and Goudkust en Beschuldigd.
She joined TEV in 2005 and has since then appeared as Elohim & Ezekiel and ensemble in William Blake's Divine Humanity and as Titania in Shakespeare's Women.
Using acting techniques, Adda has become a renowned storytelling and presentation expert. She coaches and trains managers, business owners and top women on presentation skills and is a Tedx speaker coach in the Netherlands. Adda is a public speaker on Feminine Leadership, creative thinking and change.
In 2017 and 2018 she toured her theatrical speech: Shakespeare and the Power of Presence, addressing topics as presence and women in leadership as seen by Shakespeare, using the characters of Joan of Arc and Lady Macbeth. It was performed in London at Saatchi Gallery for Europe Talks, New York and the prestigious Women in Leadership Forum in Dubai. In 2019 Adda received two awards for her public speaking: The Women Economic Forum gave her an award in the category 'Exceptional Women of Excellence’ and The Global Woman Club awarded her ‘National Inspirational Woman of the Year’ in the Netherlands.
In 2020 and 2021 Adda developed online storytelling and virtual speaking masterclasses as well as two online TV channels hosting and interviewing scientists, experts and artists.
In 2021 she was part of 'The Social Impact Tour'. A theatre show touring through the Netherlands raising money for charities with storytelling, music and dance. The shows were done both live in theatre and streamed.