Zoe Lister-Jones grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of two artists. She graduated with honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School. Lister-Jones wrote and starred in her critically acclaimed one-woman show entitled "Codependence is a Four Letter Word", which premiered at NY's P.S. 122, in November 2004. Additionally, she has completed her first screenplay, entitled "Dolly", which is in the midst of pre-production. For a number of years, she toured the city with the glam rock art band, Maxi Geil, playing at venues such as Joe's Pub, Luxx, and Galapagos, for which she was heralded by Culture Bunker Magazine as "Olivia Newton-John on glue."