A Career in the Theater

By Ann LaPorta

As for a career in the theater our shining example would be Joy Zinoman. While
a trailing spouse in Malaysia in the '70s and raising 2 young children she
became involved in directing at the university and brought the Malay theater
into the 20th Century. She came home to complete a combined undergrad and
graduate degree in theater and to found the Studio Theater, one of Washington's
best. Joy retires this year and will be honored by DACOR with a dinner this
On a less professional level my husband and I have either founded or been active
in little theater groups in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Ankara, Medan, Ulanbaatar and
Naples, Italy. We found it a fun and enjoyable way to bring the English
speaking community together.
Ann La Porta, whose husband acted for Joy in Kuala Lumpur.