Welcome to Episode #46 with Projection Designer Zachary Borovay. Zach is with us this week to share all kinds of Projection stories from having a massive hit like ‘Rock of Ages’ to creating the iconic imagery for ‘A Catered Affair’ and what he learned working with the great Wendell Harrington on many show, including an infamous little show called ‘In My Life.’ Cory and Zach chat about the journey to get Projection Design legitimized within United Scenic Artists, how future technology may make projector fan noise far less of an issue, and what is was like designing within the massive scale of Radio City Music Hall. And aside from being an in-demand designer, Zach is also a pretty kick-ass bass player, and he tells us about the day his fantasy came true and stepped onstage to play along Arsenal at Rock of Ages Vegas! (cue Don’t Stop Believin’ vamp…)
Zachary Borovay’s Broadway credits include 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 (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 The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre), Let Me Down Easy (Off Broadway, Arena Stage, National Tour, PBS Television), Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), 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 multimedia circus spectacular Voyage De La Vie at RWS Resorts in Sentosa, Singapore, Peepshow at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live National Tour and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He also designed projections for The Creature From the Black Lagoon attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
In addition to his work as a visual artist, Zachary is also a formally trained musician, having studied jazz bass at both Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. he has been a guest lecturer on Projection Design at the Yale School of Drama, SUNY Purchase, Long Island University, NYU and many major trade shows. Zachary worked with United Scenic Artists Local 829 to create a new category for projection designers.