David G Zak
Currently: Executive Director, Pride Films and Plays, Chicago, IL 2009 - current
Currently: Festival Director, SummerPride at Chandler, Randolph VT (seasonal) 2011 - current
Previous: Founder and Artistic Director of Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago, 1982 – 2009
Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Directing: International Credits
•The Cook, a world premiere musical on Korean history and music, summer 2013, Jeonju, South Korea
•Fanta Stick, I created new version of this long-running show, Heara Productions, Seoul, South Korea
•The Irish Curse by Martin Casella, Above the Stag Theatre, London, England
•Dollhouse by Rebecca Gilman, Korean National University for the Arts, Seoul, South Korea
•Oh, Holy Allen Ginsburg by Nicholas A Patricca, Dublin International Gay Theater Festival
Directing: American Premieres
·Jerry Springer – The Opera, by Richard Thomas, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·Animal Farm by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall, Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell, Music by Richard Peaslee, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
Directing: World Premieres
•Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, Pride Films and Plays at Main Stage (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
•At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Pride Films and Plays, Chicago, then Celebration in LA •Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella, Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773
•Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella, Chandler Summer Pride Workshop
•Bombs Away! by Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·The Christmas Schooner by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, Bailiwick Repertory
·The Hiroshima Project by Anne V. McGravie, Dwight Okita, Nicholas A. Patricca, David Zak, Bailiwick
·Haram Iran by Jay Paul Deratany, Permeveo Productions
·Dr. Sex by Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·Breathe by Dan Michael and Martin Biello, Bailiwick Repertory
·Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical by David Cerda, Hell in a Handbag Productions, then NY Fringe Fest
·Marlowe by Harlan Didrickson, at Bailiwick, then NY Fringe Festival
·Oh, Holly Allen Ginsberg by Nicholas A. Patricca, Bailiwick, then Dublin International Theater Fest
·The Count of Monte Cristo adapted by Jeff Casazza and David Zak, Bailiwick Repertory
·Light In Love, Incorruptible and Light In The Heart of The Dragon by Christopher Cartmill, Bailiwick
·Son Of Fire by Christopher Moore, Bailiwick Repertory
•Pope Joan by Christopher Moore, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·In The Deep Heart’s Core by Joseph Daniel Sobel, Bailiwick Repertory
·Sin: A Cardinal Deposed by Michael Murphy, Bailiwick Repertory, then Boston’s Regent Theater
•From Generation To Generation by Karen Sokolof Javitch & Elaine Jabenis, Stage 773
Directing: Chicago Premieres
·Hunchback of Notre Dame by Dennis DeYoung, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·Parade by Jason Robert Brown, Bailiwick Repertory (Jeff Award – Best Musical)
·Bare: A Pop Opera by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartol, Bailiwick Repertory
·The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel, Bailiwick Repertory
·My Favorite Year by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Aherns, Bailiwick Repertory
·Visions Of Kerouac by Martin Duberman, Roosevelt University
·The Golem by H. Leivick, adapted by David Fishelson, Chicago Jewish Theater
·Misery by Steven King, Pyewacket Productions, then Theater on the Lake
·Southern Baptist Sissies by Del Shores, Bailiwick Repertory
•Pig Tale by Chris Weikel, MidTangent Productions
•My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot, Bailiwick Repertory
Directing: Special Projects and Readings
●Beyond Brokeback by Gregory Hinton, Auditorium Theater, Chicago
●Evita, The Unity Project, featuring a cast of 25 with 80-member chorus, 65-member children’s chorus, 10-member dance ensemble, and 80-piece orchestra.
•For Pride Films and Plays, staged readings of Take Me Out, The Times, and staged reading of the screenplay Bre’gan’s Fist
•For Chandler Summer Pride: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman, Hannah Free by Claudia Allen, Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella – Workshop, Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley, The Homosexuals by Philip Dawkins. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman, and
staged readings of Still Fighting It, The Times, the screenplay Beverly’s Vacation.
•Directed shows performed by deaf and hearing actors in both American Sign Language and Spoken English fully accessible to the deaf community, including Equus by Peter Shaffer, Hamlet Dreams, adapted from Shakespeare, and Broken Spokes by Willy Conley.
Awards and Recognition
·Jeff Awards for Direction of Animal Farm, Pope Joan, and Dr. Sex, Parade.
·Jeff Recommendations for Direction for Jerry Springer- The Opera, Under A Rainbow Flag, My Favorite Year.
·A Special Jeff Citation for Fostering Diversity in Chicago Theater
•Inducted into the City of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, 2013
•Special Services Award from Chicago Hearing Society
•Productions produced or directed receiving Jeff Awards for Best Musical or Play include Animal Farm, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Christmas Schooner, A Man of No Importance, Jerry Springer – The Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dr. Sex, Pinafore, Angels in America, The Lisbon Traviata, Under A Rainbow Flag, and Execution of Justice.
·Jeff Awards for Outstanding New Work for The Count Of Monte Cristo (with Jeff Casazza) and The Hiroshima Project (with Anne V. McGravie, Dwight Okita, and Nicholas A. Patricca).
·After Dark Awards for Direction of Equus (with deaf and hearing actors), In The Deep Heart’s Core, and Southern Baptist Sissies
Additional Producing Credits for Bailiwick Repertory – (Partial List)
Hannah Free by Claudia Allen, Party by David Dillon, Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally, Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick, Ourselves Alone by Anne Devlin, Execution Of Justice by Emily Mann, Kiss Of The Spider Woman by Terrence McNally, A Man Of No Importance by Flaherty and Aherns, Zanna, Don't by Tim Acito, for 15 seasons Chicago Directors Festival of one-act plays, and many more.
2010 Adjunct Faculty, Korea National University of the Arts, Seoul, South Korea. Responsibilities
included teaching Contemporary Theater, directing, and consulting.
2005-Present Lecturer on GLBT issues for Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, which brings students from conservative colleges to Chicago for diversity training.
2005-2011 Adjunct Faculty, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Responsibilities included teaching acting to undergraduate and grad students, and directing Visions of Kerouac, Not About Nightingales, Cock, and The Strangeness of Others.
2003-2008 Guest Faculty for Master's Classes, Johnny Carson School of Film and Theater, Lincoln, NE
B.A. with honors in Drama and English, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL, 1977