Principal Designer - Screens Producer
The patent creativity and design expertise of Zachary "Zak" Borovay is an essential ingredient in scores of the world's most acclaimed live events - as well as performances appearing in top-tier theaters and showplaces worldwide. The projection designer behind a dozen Broadway shows, Zak's visually stunning contributions to themed environments include repeated consulting with Disney Theme Parks, projects at Universal Studios Hollywood, among many other entertainment industry giants. Now, as part of MODE Studios, Zak is cross-pollinating his talents and capabilities into a new class of environments set to thrill and deeply engage audiences of all ages.
Winner of the 2016 IRNE Award for Projection Design, and a frequent nominee for Drama Desk, Hewes and Helen Hayes honors, as the Live Design/LDI Content Advisor, Zak has led master classes at LDI, the Live Design Broadway Master Classes and NAB. In conjunction with United Scenic Artists Local 829 - the union representing theatrical crafts - Zak was instrumental in establishing a new category for projection designers. His also regularly counsels leading entertainment industry software and hardware manufacturers on their latest products.
Beyond his work as a visual artist and designer, Zak is also a formally trained musician, having studied jazz bass at the Berklee College of Music. He performed in Rock of Ages with the house band Arsenal in Las Vegas, and on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship.
During Zak's industrious career in show business, he has held the titles of Media Supervisor, Screens Producer, Art Director, Designer, Consultant, Technical Designer and even Professor (the latter as an instructor at Emerson College). These flights all followed an extended position working alongside the groundbreaking projection designer Wendall K. Harrington... and prior to that, a staff position with Batwin + Robin Productions. Zak also apprenticed for many other designers in areas ranging from theater and opera to corporate events and museum installations, following his musical studies at Berklee. Born and raised in New York, he began his career working alongside his father, the scenic designer Leonard Borovay. Zak’s "lightbulb moment" arrived while attending a Broadway musical featuring video elements incorporated into the scenic design. Suddenly, his interests in scenic design, music, video and technology came together, leading him to a career-changing apprenticeship for the video designer.