Zendaya was born to Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu (Coleman) on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. She grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, where her mother worked as the House Manager. In addition to training at the theater’s student conservatory technique, and later performing in several step productions, Zendaya aided her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to reward the theater.
While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as a young Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and in the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Alter at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks. She as well studied her craft at the California Shakespeare Theater Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits contain Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, among others.
Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and designing clothes. Zendaya hopes that just as theater led her to television, Shake It Up will someday add her to opportunities in the music industry. In October 2010, Zendaya told Variety, “I love singing and would love to listing an album at some point.
|Date of Birth||1-September-1996|
|Place of Birth||Oakland, California, U.S|
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