Nadine Zylstra

VP Production, Sesame Street

As Vice President of Sesame Street production, Zylstra supervises the creative direction of the video content produced for both linear and digital platforms.

Prior to Sesame Street Zylstra worked as a producer, director and writer in South Africa. Zylstra joined the Sesame Street family as a director on the South African version of the show. After moving to the United States, Zylstra joined the Workshop as the Executive Producer for the Sesame Street productions in Bangladesh and India. Before taking up her position as Supervising Producer, Zylstra led the Digital Media Programming team. In this role she provided the strategic vision to deliver content to all of Sesame Street audiences (including children and their caregivers, teachers, fans, funders, and business partners) via direct digital distribution. She is currently also one of the directors on Sesame Street.

Zylstra’s body of work has been distinguished by numerous awards. Amongst these are a Peabody Award and Webby Award for her work with Sesamestreet.org, numerous Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Television Series, several South African Avanti Awards, and the United Nations/NHK/Japan Prize for Courage in depicting Youth in Difficult Circumstances.

Zylstra earned a BA Honors in Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. There she received The Edgar Bold Award for the Best Television Student, the Questek Award for Excellence in Editing, and a University Merit Award for Scriptwriting. She was awarded a scholarship to study video editing at Quantel in London. Zylstra resides in Brooklyn with her husband Johnathan, their daughter Ella and son Jack.