executive director, Coolidge Corner Theater
Prior to becoming an entertainment and arts executive, Joe was with the Alvin Nicolai Company in New York, touring the world as a professional dancer for four years. He also danced with several companies including Carolin Carlson in Paris. Joe is on the Snappy Dance Company's board of trustees. He formally and informally advises many film and performing arts groups throughout New England and the country. Joe Zina joined the Coolidge Corner Theatre in 1997 as a volunteer on the board of directors. In 1999, he was appointed Executive Director of the Foundation, following a diversified career history in public school arts education, college teaching, five years as a professional dancer with the Nikolais Dance Theatre of NYC and with the Susan Buirge Dance Theatre in Paris. At the Coolidge Corner Theatre, he has developed innovative collaborations among communities, schools, filmmakers and non-profit organizations and has completed a five-year fundraising and capital campaign renovation of the theatre. At present, Zina has led the Coolidge through its first major expansion to develop and expand the boundaries of this community theatre with innovative programming. He received a bachelors degree from Salem State College and a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University.