-San Francisco Chronicle
“World Class Entertainers”
Photo: Micheal Doucette
Andrea Conway and Wayne Doba A.K.A. DIK &MITZI
WAYNE DOBA - BRIEF BIO
Hailed by Donald O’Connor as a “throwback to the old Vaudeville days,” actor, Tap dancer, clown and comedian, Wayne Doba has performed professionally for four decades. He has created five one man shows and has shared the stage with tap dance legends such as the Nicholas Brothers and Honi Coles. His stage and screen credits reflect the diversity of his talent and experience; and include the role of ‘The Creature’ in classic horror flick, “The Funhouse”, ‘Octavio the Clown’ in Brian De Palma’s gangbuster hit, “Scarface”, and appeared as ‘Tex the Barker’ in Prague, for “The Freak Show,” an opera by the enigmatic rockers,The Residents. Wayne was also (believe it not) the original Crazy Crab, anti mascot for the San Francisco Giants. He was recently featured in ESPN’s, 30 for 30 Shorts: “The Anti Mascot” directed by Colin Hanks. He is an original cast member of Teatro ZinZanni that started in 1998 and has performed in over 20 different productions. In 2000 he met Andrea Conway and created the vaudeville comedy tap dance duo “Dik and Mitzi”. (More below). In 2018 Wayne was the choreographer for Teatro Zinzanni’s production of “Hollywood and Vine”.
ANDREA CONWAY (DOBA) - BRIEF BIO
An accomplished athlete, Andrea was a member of Canada’s national gymnastics team and earned a Bronze Medal in the 1987 Pan-American Games. Andrea then went on to spent 8 years touring with Cirque du Soleil throughout Asia, Europe and North America performing the Chinese poles and one the of only girls to solo jump 35 feet in the air off the Russian swing. She created one of that show’s most memorable characters, “Fiona” the enticing and sexy Baroque. During this time she was honored to perform with the late Michael Jackson, with Peter Gabriel at the Grammy Awards, the Queen Majesty in London and featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2001 she was asked to join the renown cabaret “Teatro ZinZanni” in San Francisco. This is were she met her soon to be husband, Wayne Doba. They created comedy tap dance vaudeville duo “Dik and Mitzi”. (more below) Andrea has performed in 18 different productions with Teatro zinzanni. In 2016 and 2018 she co-wrote and co-directed both productions of “Be Italien” and “Hollywood and Vine” for Teatro Zinzanni with Artistic Director Reenie Duff. In 2016 Andrea went into kidney failure from a hereditary disease. She was on dialysis for almost 2 years before having a kidney transplant at the end 0f 2018. She is forever grateful to her anonymous donor and openly shares her experiences in “Le Tour”.
DIK & MITZI
In 2001 after having met in San Francisco’s Teatro Zinzanni, Andrea and Wayne paired up as the new comedy tap dance duo “Dik and Mitzi”. They made their first appearance at the renown “Wintergarten” in Berlin, Germany. They returned for Teatro Zinzanni’s grand opening of their new location in Seattle as Vaudeville duo “Dik and Mitzi”. Soon after, they were in high demand for Pallazzo Speigletent dinner Cabarets in Europe. They performed in Vienna Austria , Munich, and in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2007, after years of creating numbers for variety shows they decided to make their own 2-person comedy tap dance show. “The Dik and Mitzi Anniversary Show” premiered at Theater Lac Brome in Knowlton, one of Quebec’s few professional English Theaters. The show toured Canada and the parts of the U.S. In 2013 Andrea and Wayne created “Top Hats and Tales” which again toured in parts of Canada and most recently played at the Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver. Andrea and Wayne have both become veteran performers at Teatro Zinzanni in both Seattle and San Francisco. Dik and Mitzi have appeared in over 18 different productions the most recent being “Hollywood Nights” fall of 2015/beginning of 2016.
Photo: Vincent Cotnoir