Director of Media Design
With two decades of experience, award-winning Media Designer Zachary Borovay has created stunning visuals that have been seen all over the world. He joins the Visual Terrain team as Director of Media Design, a principal-level position.
He is the creative force behind a dozen Broadway productions including the long-running hit musical ROCK OF AGES which also played in Las Vegas, London, Toronto, Australia, Japan, Hollywood and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Other Broadway credits include 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).
He is the winner of the Helen Hayes award for best projection design as well as two IRNE awards for outstanding projection design in theatre. Zak has worked with many major theatrical luminaries including Casey Nicholaw, Kenny Leon, Michael Grandage, Rob Ashford, Chris Ashley, Warren Carlyle, John Doyle, Kristin Hanggi, Wayne Cilento, Arthur Laurents, 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 designed 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. Zak has designed projections for the broadcasts of The Tony Awards, the Hispanic Heritage Awards and ANN and LET ME DOWN EASY for PBS. 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, The Dallas Opera, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center as well as several permanent installations at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Zak taught the art of projection design at Emerson College and has given lectures on design for live entertainment at the Yale School of Drama, Cal Arts, SUNY Purchase, Long Island University, NYU and many major trade shows including InfoCOMM, NAB and USITT. As the the Live Design/LDI Content Advisor, he is widely recognized as an expert in the field of entertainment technology and design. He has been an advisor for many of the industry’s leading video software and hardware manufacturers such as Dataton, Green Hippo, Apple, Figure 53’s Qlab, Coolux, disguise, Medialon, Christie, Barco and Panasonic on the development and advancement of their products.
Zak is a co-host on the popular industry podcast Light Talk with the Lumen Brothers. He is also an accomplished bassist (he not only designed the media for ROCK OF AGES but also performed with the band on several occasions) and proud dad of two awesome little dudes.