Dick D. Zigun
"THE UNOFFICIAL MAYOR OF CONEY ISLAND"
Dick D. Zigun, the founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has received many NEA grants. Known to many as the Mayor of Coney Island, Dick is an authority on amusement parks, American popular theater and the history and tradition of the American sideshow. An excellent public speaker with many TV appearances to his credit, Dick lectures college classes and other groups. Dick not only produces the Sideshow, but the Mermaid Parade, America’s Largest Art Parade, and has produced Air Shows, Fireworks and other events on both large and small scales.
For Coney Island Amusement Park since 1980 and specifically at times for Astroland Amusement Park and the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce.
On Coney Island and American Popular culture, faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University, guest speaker at the Museum for the City of NY, Tenement Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, NY Historical Society, New Dramatists, The New School of Social Research, CW Post.
Of ten full-length original plays, MFA Yale School of Drama. Freelance Journalism for "Op-ED" Page of New York Times, Daily News, NY Post, Paper Magazine
The Mermaid Parade, Sideshows by the Seashore, Acts and Arts at Astroland (including Airshows and Fireworks), Tattoo Festival
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Dick is 5'10", 175lbs, Born in 1953. Brown hair and eyes w/graying goatee and heavily tattooed arms. Has a variety of outfits including antique wool bathing suit, three-piece plaid suit, straw, derby (red, gray or black) or opera hats. Vintage sunglasses in choice of blue or orange. Optional cane or cigar, megaphone, bass drum or snake.
HAS PERFORMED AT MUSEUMS AND COLLEGES
Hamilton College (NY), SUNY Purchase (NY), Dartmouth, C.W. Post, Fairleigh Dickenson, New York University, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
CLUBS & GALLERIES
Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball at Governor’s Island (NYC), Little Steven’s Underground Garage Festival at Randall’s Island (NYC), The Cutting Room, Limelight, Roseland, Supper Club, PS 1, Pyramid Club, Tunnel, Franklin Furnace, Ear Inn, Here, Irving Plaza, The Supper Club
AS SEEN IN
Esquire "Man at his Best", Strange Universe, The RuPaul Show, Daily News, Public Eye with Bryan Gumbal, New York Magazine, Shift Magazine, NY Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Ray-Gun Magazine, Joan Rivers, Nightline, Inside Edition, The Learning Channel, etc