Los Angeles audiences have seen her as Jellylorum/Griddlebone (the comedic opera cat) in CATS at the Shubert Theatre, as Kate in The Pirates of Penzance at the Ahmanson, and as several characters including the Poetess in A...My Name is Alice at the Center Theatre in Long Beach (earning the Robby Award Nomination).
As a member of The Colony Theatre for 13 years, Linden made her debut there in Working, earning a Theatre LA Ovation Award Nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Concurrently she appeared in The Colony's Passions: A Latenight Cabaret directed by Nick DeGruccio. Then Linden produced and performed in the Colony Second Stage production Desire!, and produced the Second Stage production of The Mousetrap, before taking a year-long hiatus to produce a baby boy. She returned to The Colony in Neil Simon's I Ought To Be In Pictures, then portrayed Mrs. Molloy in The Matchmaker, winning a Drama-Logue Award for her performance.
Other leading roles include Annie in Heartbeats, Fanny Stevenson in the world premiere of RLS: Recollections; The Severed Head and Head Diva in Six Women with Brain Death... (winning the Zony Award in Phoenix, AZ), and leads in Little Mary Sunshine; Fiddler on the Roof; Carousel; Amahl and the Night Visitors; and Candide. Linden also originated the role of Janet in Bruce Kimmel's Stages, for which she recorded the original cast album, recently re-released on CD.
As a singer, Linden performs standards, musical theatre and jazz. She has produced and performed in many cabaret revues What Every Woman Wants…to Sing and Naked Women Baring Souls Through Song, as well as her own one-woman cabaret acts. Wanting a hand in all of
production, Linden also produced, wrote, edited, and starred with Tim
Bennett in their own comedy television show, I Really Like Skunks.
She has been featured in television and film, has appeared in numerous
commercials, and performs her written word at Venice’s Beyond Baroque
and other venues.
An alumna of the
distinguished LACC Theatre Academy, Linden gives back to the Arts where
she can. She serves on the Board of Directors for Hidden Valley Music
Seminars, an Institute of the Arts in Carmel Valley, and was a founding
board member for the John Hume Performing Arts Foundation in Downey. She volunteers with SAG-AFTRA BookPALS reading aloud weekly to elementary school children. She
lives in Silver Lake with her husband, fine artist Paul Tzanetopoulos,
and their two children. Between creating and producing, Linden also
administers Paul’s international public and fine art projects. She is currently presenting an original one-woman show, Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman.
Linden Waddell is an actress and singer and more recently, a writer
and producer. The fourth-generation native Californian has performed in
over 50 musicals and operas throughout the Golden State.