Musical theatre and cabaret performer Jinny Sagorin made her debut at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, in February 2005 with a sold-out performance of her show, 'It's For You,' which launched her first solo CD to critical acclaim: "She possesses a beautiful, lyrical voice and a disarming sincerity." (The Boston Globe); "Jinny Sagorin is a unique soulstress with a rich repertoire who delivers her lush sounds with the purity of a songbird." (New England Entertainment Digest); "I was impressed at the range and texture of her exquisite voice."(Cabaret Hotline Online)
Born in sunny South Africa, in the beautiful seaside city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Jinny moved to Boston, and in the relatively short time that she has been in Massachusetts, has become a regular on the cabaret scene, performing at venues such as Club Café, Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater, Encore, The Center for Arts in Natick, Blacksmith House, Amazing Things Art Center, as well as singing at private and corporate events throughout New England. She is an alumnus of the 2003 Cabaret Conference at Yale University, one of thirty-six performers selected from nation-wide auditions. Musical theater credits include leading roles in 1776 and The Pirates of Penzance, and in Overture Productions' The Baker's Wife with Broadway star, Judy Kuhn.
Jinny graduated from the University of Cape Town with degrees in English Literature and Art, and Graphic Design. She received her BA Honours summa cum laude from the University of South Africa and was awarded the 2000 Senate Gold Medal for top student. Her grandmother was Rose Alper, international opera singer and member of the Carl Rosa Company in England. She was the doyenne of opera in Durban when Jinny was growing up. Her mother, Pauline Sagorin, co-founded Candlelight Theatre, the first of its kind in South Africa.
Jinny has worked as a singer, actor, artist, photographer, television presenter and writer. She performed with the national theatre companies in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa. Favorite productions are Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Evita, Naughty Noel, The Student Prince, Into The Woods, Hair, Annie and Jesus Christ Superstar. She has starred in cabaret/revues - Swingers, How Lucky Can You Get, Aspects of Rice & Webber - and sung in various groups, from a cappella to singing in a rock and soul band, from folk duos to performing with the Cape Town Symphony Choir.
She has been involved in the video industry where she worked as a presenter and scriptwriter. In television, Jinny was a presenter for the local community television station, COM-TV, under the auspices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Jinny lives in a suburb outside of Boston, where she creates unique hand-made greeting cards, using her watercolor paintings and photography, under the label of jinzart: art from the heart. She is a certified reader for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic in Cambridge. Jinny has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA) and was Vice-President of the organization from 2003-2004.
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