Jeff Szusterman

Jeff Szusterman

Jewish, NZ European
Age Range
50 - 60
175cm / 5ft 9in
105cm / 41in
87cm / 34in
92cm / 36in
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Jeff Szusterman is an award-winning actor, director, and educator with over 25 years of experience. A graduate of Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa: NZ Drama School, Jeff worked to acclaim on Wellington stages before traveling to the US to train and work with Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts.  Returning to New Zealand in 2004 Jeff has built a strong reputation not only as an actor but an actor’s advocate (Equity NZ).

Theatre highlights include: Taking Sides (won Best Production), Tzigane (nominated Best Newcomer, and won Best Production), Not About Heroes (winning “Drammy” for Best Actor, Portland Drama Critics, OR), Take Me Out (a critically acclaimed performance as Mason Marzac and noted as one of the best of 2007 by theatre critics and audiences alike) and Close City.

Screen highlights include: feature films - The Shirt, 6 Days & Juniper and TV series such as, Legend of the Seeker, Power Rangers, Ash v Evil Dead, Shortland Street, The Gulf, The Brokenwood Mysteries and Kid Sister S1 & S2. Late 2023 will also see Jeff again on the big screen and Television, both productions are yet to be announced. 

 Jeff is also the director of AYA Drama ( one of Auckland’s leading drama schools for young people. Jeff Szusterman was raised Jewish, of Polish-Ukrainian descent.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Uproar Andrew Firefly Films, dir: Paul Middleditch & Hamish Bennett Feature Film
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Reeves Roseanne Liang Feature Film
2020 Juniper Mr Jones Juniper Productions dir. Matt Saville Feature Film
2015 6 Days Male Translator GFC (SAS) Ltd Feature Film
1999 The Shirt Nick Spitalis Dir. John Laing Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022-2024 Kid Sister Season 1 & 2 Siggy Emanuel Greenstone Drama
2020 The Gulf S2 Joe Daysh The Gulf Productions dir. Charlie Haskell Drama
2019 Golden Boy Editor NZ Herald Mediaworks Drama
2019 Big Man Photographer Great Southern Drama
2018 War Stories Chad Steinlitz Making Movies Drama
2017 Ash vs Evil Dead Sheriff DeSoto Pacific Renaissance Drama
2017 Why Does Love? Nico Great Southern Drama
2014 The Brokenwood Mysteries Rob Visnic South Pacific Pictures Ltd Drama
2014 Shortland Street Sal Corozzo South Pacific Pictures Ltd Drama
2012 Power Rangers: Super Samurai Master Xandred/Octoroo Power Rangers: Samurai Drama
2011 The Wilson Dixon TV Hour The Farmer Satellite Drama
2011 Power Rangers: Samurai Master Xandred/Octoroo SCG Power Rangers Drama
2009 The Jaquie Brown Diaries The Jaquie Brown Diaries YGB Productions Drama
2009 The Cult English Doctor Great Southern Television Drama
2009 Legend of the Seeker Captain Frannick Walt Disney Co Drama
2009 Paradise At The End Of The World Jeffrey GFC (Germany) Ltd Drama
2005 Interrogation Said Hassad South Pacific Pictures Drama
2005 Doves of War Michael Kadir Doves of Screenworks Drama
2004 Hercules Silenus Hayes Coote Ltd Drama
1996 Return To Treasure Island Jacob Cloud Nine Productions Drama
1996 The Legend of William Tell Voss Cloud Nine Productions Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2016 Close City Svante Paper Plane Factory
2015 Time Stands Still James Fortune Theatre
2015 Treats Dave Te Pou/The Basement
2010 Toys Jack-In-The-Box Royale Productions
2009 Christ Almighty King Herod Royale Productions
2006 Take Me Out Mason Marzac Silo Theatre
2006 The Holy Sinner Ensemble Inside Out
2005 Suddenly, Last Summer Dr Cukrowicz Silo Theatre
2004 Tape Jon Silo Theatre
2002 One For The Road Victor Profile Porductions
2001 The Seagull Yakov Portland Center Stage
2001 Tom Sawyer Injun Joe Oregon Childrens Theatre
2001 Not About Heroes Wilfred Owen Cygnet Theatre
2000 Rutherford Various Characters Circa Theatre
1998 An Unseasonable Fall of Snow Tony NZ Int'l Arts Festival
1998 The Merchant of Venice Understudy for Aragon Shakespeare & Co
1998 Comedy of Errors Egeon Shakespeare & Co
1997 Taking Sides Lt. David Wills Circa Theatre
1997 Pains of Youth Freder Bats Theatre
1996 The Visit Various Characters Downstage
1996 Tzigane Harry Costea Tzigane Downstage

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Toni Dir. Tom Furniss Short Film
2020 Waitress Mark Someday Shorts/Connected Media dir. Ella Hope-Higginson Short Film
2009 Often Licked George Escapade Prod Ltd Short Film
2009 Eeling The Husband Eeling Ltd Short Film
1997 Catch of the Day Rocky Jo Priest Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Airpoints 'Don't Live Pointlessly' Restaurant Couple Good Oil
2021 Baqsimi "Little Things" Hero Husband Flying Fish
2020 Griffins Snax Crunches Dad Eight


Year Description Institution / Presenter
1998 Month Long Intensive Shakespeare & Company
1995 Diploma in Acting Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa NZ


Intermediate: Japanese | Middle Eastern | Te Reo Māori | Yiddish


Advanced: American - General | Australian | British | Eastern European | French | German | Irish | Italian | Mid-Atlantic | New Zealand | Polish | Russian | Scottish | Yiddish

Intermediate: Japanese


Intermediate: Archery | Badminton | Bocce | Cricket | Cycling | Hockey | Kayaking | Rowing | Running / Jogging | Snooker | Snow Skiing | Soccer | Swimming | Ten Pin Bowling | Tennis | Volleyball | Yoga

Circus & Horse

Advanced: Stage Combat

Intermediate: Acrobatics | Clown | Horse Riding | Impersonation | Mime | Puppeteer

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general)

Intermediate: Farm Equipment | Go-karting

Stunts & Weapons

Intermediate: Military Drill | Stunts | Weapons

Singing Range



Advanced: General Movement