Award-winning designer Zachary Borovay is a visual storyteller whose work has been seen all over the globe. He has designed projections for Broadway, Las Vegas spectaculars, circuses, concerts, theme parks, operas, museums, corporate events and art installations.
Zak’s recent Broadway credits include the long-running hit musical ROCK OF AGES (also West End, National Tour, Las Vegas, Toronto, Australia and Norwegian Cruise Line), HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, WAITING FOR GODOT & NO MAN’S LAND with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen (also Berkeley Rep), ANN (also Kennedy Center DC, Chicago), EVITA (also National Tour), ELF, LOMBARDI (Drama Desk nomination), A CATERED AFFAIR (Drama Desk nomination) and XANADU (also National Tour and Japan).
Selected Off Broadway and Regional credits include IN THE HEIGHTS (Kennedy Center, DC), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Signature, VA, Helen Hayes Award), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Huntington Theatre, Boston), SMART PEOPLE (Second Stage, Hewes Design Award Nom.), THE COLORED MUSEUM directed by Billy Porter (Huntington Theatre, IRNE Award), CHIMERICA (Studio Theatre, DC), LET ME DOWN EASY (Second Stage, Arena Stage, National Tour, PBS Television), NOT THAT JEWISH (New World Stages), NERDS (Philadelphia Theater Co.) and the world premiere of 13 (Center Theater Group, LA).
Other projects of note include projections and special effects for the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, the multimedia circus spectacular VOYAGE DE LA VIE at RWS Resorts in Sentosa, Singapore, PEEPSHOW at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and Nickelodeon’s STORYTIME LIVE National Tour. He also designed projections for THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. He has designed events for Royal Caribbean, IWC, the Tribeca Film Festival, Rihanna, Sephora and many more. As a consultant, he has collaborated with Disney Parks Live Entertainment/WDI, The Joshua Light Show, Carnegie Hall and others.
Zak has worked with many award-winning directors and choreographers including Casey Nicholaw, Kenny Leon, Michael Grandage, Rob Ashford, Chris Ashley, Warren Carlyle, John Doyle, Kristin Hanggi, Wayne Cilento, Tommy Kail, Phil McKinley and Jerry Mitchell. He has collaborated with designers including Natasha Katz, Beowulf Boritt, Clint Ramos, Mark Fisher, Peter Hylenski, Christopher Oram, David Gallo, Ken Billington, Mike Baldassari, Anna Louizos, Brian MacDevitt, David Korins, John Shivers, Wendall K. Harrington, Jules Fisher, David Rockwell and producers such as Michael Cohl, Hal Lustig, Bob Boyett, Cameron Macintosh, Jordan Roth, Scott Sanders and Joop van den Ende.
Zak has taught the art of projection design at several major colleges and universities and has given lectures on design for live entertainment at the Yale School of Drama, Cal Arts, Emerson College, SUNY Purchase, Long Island University, NYU and many major trade shows. As the the Live Design/LDI Content Advisor, he is widely recognized as an expert in the field of entertainment technology and design. Zachary Borovay worked with United Scenic Artists Local 829, the union that represents theatrical crafts such as scenic, lighting and costume design, to create a new category for projection designers.
Zak has worked with many of the industry’s leading media servers and video software applications. He has been an advisor for manufacturers such as Dataton, Green Hippo, Apple, Figure 53, Coolux, disguise, Medialon, Christie, Barco and Panasonic on the development and advancement of their products. He is also the co-creative director of Chromatic Light and a principal designer for MODE Studios.
In addition to his work as a visual artist, Zachary is also a formally trained musician, having studied jazz bass at Berklee College of Music. He performed in ROCK OF AGES with the house band ARSENAL in Las Vegas and on the Norwegian Breakaway. Zachary has been a member of the International Society of Bassists for almost three decades.