Liza Colón-Zayas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Liza Colón-Zayas
Liza Colón

c. 1972 (age 47–48)
OccupationActress, playwright
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)David Zayas

Liza Colón-Zayas (born c. 1972) is an American actress and playwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Colón-Zayas was born and raised in The Bronx borough of New York City, and began her career starring in Off-Broadway productions. She broke into mainstream theatre when she wrote, produced, and starred in a one-woman show titled Sistah Supreme, a semi-autobiographical play in which she chronicles growing up as an Latina woman in New York during the 1970s and 1980s.[1]


Colón-Zayas has been a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company,[2] a New York-based traveling actors' group, since 1992. On stage, she originated the role of Norca in the off-Broadway productions of Our Lady of 121st Street[3] and appeared in In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (co-starring Ana Ortiz and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Time Out New York named the latter production one of the ten best plays of 1999.[citation needed]

She has also appeared in television series such as Sex and the City, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Blue Bloods episode 124, "Stomping Grounds" (in the latter, as Ana Baez, the sister of Detective Maria Baez). She guest starred in Dexter (season 5, episodes 7 and 8), as a snitch to the detectives investigating the "Santa Muerte killings".

On the large screen, she played a passenger in the film United 93 (2006) and Judge Angel Rodriguez in Righteous Kill (2008). In 2016, she played Dawn in the horror film The Purge: Election Year.

Personal life[edit]

Colón-Zayas is married to the actor David Zayas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Liza Colón-Zayas". theHotness (2).
  2. ^ "Company Members". LAByrinth Theatre Company. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
  3. ^ "Review of Our Lady of 121st Street". New York Times.

External links[edit]