Zach is a Montreal-based director, producer, actor, puppeteer, puppet maker, teacher, and the newly appointed artistic director of Infinithéâtre. Directing credits include King of Canada (Infinithéâtre), Indra’s Web (NTS) and Fifteen Dogs (John Abbott College). The Water Chronicles, which he directed for Geordie Theatre, won the 2020 META for Outstanding PACT Production. His award-winning Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play (RustWerk ReFinery) based on Chester Brown’s graphic novel continues to tour occasionally across the country. Puppet designs include Stars: Together (Crow’s Theatre), B-612 (La Roulotte), MacBeth – Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff), The Nisei & the Narnauks (Persephone Productions), The Aeneid (Talisman Theatre) and The Heretics of Bohemia (Scapegoat Carnivale / Segal Centre). Zach teaches in the Theatre Department at John Abbott College, in the specialized puppetry program at UQÀM, and at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Head of New Play Development
Oren Safdie helmed the Malibu Stage Co. where the off-Broadway / London hit PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES debuted. (The Wall Street Journal mentioned it as one of the top six new plays of the decade.) His next play, THE LAST WORD also moved off-Broadway, starring Daniel J. Travanti. Other productions include MR. GOLDERBERG GOES TO TEL AVIV, UNSEAMLY, FALSE SOLUTION, CHECKS & BALANCES, THE BILBAO EFFECT, WEST BANK, UK, JEWS & JESUS, FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN, and LA COMPAGNIE, which he developed into a pilot for CBS. (Four of his plays have been New York Times Critic’s Pick.) As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film YOU CAN THANK ME LATER starring Ellen Burstyn, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival; and the Israeli film BITTERSWEET. He has taught Playwriting and screenwriting at the University of Miami, Douglas College in Vancouver, and California School of the Arts.
A graduate of John Abbott College's Professional Theatre program (2021), Gio is currently studying at Concordia University in the Performance Creation program. Coming fresh off an apprenticeship with the Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and having studied mask, movement and puppetry with our AD Zach Fraser at Abbott, he is excited to learn about all the offstage work that goes into a successful season launch.
We are equally excited to be working with and supporting his development as an artist. We can't wait to see him on stage in the upcoming production of "Urinetown: The Musical" being put on by Starcatcher productions and Turtle Island theatre at the end of August!
Production Manager/Technical Director
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