Born in Manhattan and raised in Texas, Cinzi Lavin began studying piano at the age of five, and was working regularly as a paid performer from the age of 16. Her love of writing and theatre led her to pursue those subjects in her undergraduate and postgraduate study at Texas State University. Her subsequent experience as an actress, singer, instrumental performer, educator, writer, and composer provided the perfect background for a creator of musical theatre productions.
Lavin wrote both the script and score for On This River (funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council) about the Weir River Estuary in Hull, Massachusetts shortly after moving to the small town in 2007. The show met with great success during its premiere in March of 2009 and was performed again a few months later at Hull's Fort Revere Amphitheatre. Having received wide public acclaim, one of the show's songs, “Underneath a Hullonian Sky,” was honored by being named the official Town Song of Hull. The production subsequently received an award for outstanding contribution to Massachusetts arts and culture by the state legislature and cultural council.
Her 2010 musical, Toilers of the Sea: The Life of Joshua James chronicled the dramatic life of the father of the U.S. Coast Guard. Where the Fun Begins, her much-anticipated 2011 musical about Paragon Park, completed the "Nantasket Trilogy" of shows based in the town of Hull.
In addition to musical theatre, Lavin has written music and lyrics for diverse projects--from television to commercial advertisements and documentaries--and especially enjoys composing choral works. She has performed backup vocals for rock music recording sessions and has been a leading soprano in several church choirs. In 2011, she and musicians Tom Downing and Brian Girard formed the band Brick, Rivet & Lime.
She is the producer and host of two cable television programs, one, a weekly talk show in which she interviews musicians from the greater Boston area, and the other, a groundbreaking program broadcasting arts performances concerning topics of social relevance.
As a writer, Lavin has enjoyed having her humor columns appear in numerous newspapers and magazines since the late 1980s, including the Danbury News-Times and Providence, Rhode Island's The Agenda. A trained drama critic as well, her essays about legendary film stars have been published in two recent books by the New England Vintage Film Society.
Her career highlights include the honor of conducting her own choral and instrumental works as presented by various choirs and musical groups, and performances by invitation at both Madison Square Garden and the White House. In 2010 and 2011 she was invited by the United States Coast Guard to direct a choral performance of her own works at their annual ceremony honoring lifesaver Joshua James. Her 2011 CD album, "Dreamer: The Music of Stephen Foster" was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious Library of Congress "Song of America" Project. Later that year, she was privileged to be commissioned to compose a song for The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. She has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Hull Performing Arts, and is entering her third decade as a piano teacher, working successfully with children, adults, and individuals with special needs.