- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+
- Teaching since:
Hi! I'm a television and theatre actor-turned award-winning director and screenwriter. I've done theatre in New York and all over the world (including touring in "Les Misérables" and being an original cast member of "Heathers: The Musical"), and I've acted in television shows like "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family), "The Good Wife" and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS).
I moved behind the camera in 2014, and have since directed 3 multi award-winning independent short films, as well as writing original screenplays in various stages of purchase and development for feature film production and primetime television.
I absolutely love to teach and have for many years along the way of my career. I've helped students explore their passion and hone their acting skills in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, my native Oregon, and even in South Africa. I genuinely believe that anyone can act if given the right tools to have confidence in what they uniquely bring to the stage or the set. I look forward to sharing my all-encompassing perspective on acting with you and setting your talent loose on the world!
Industry guest instructor at one of Los Angeles' most prestigious acting studios, teaching master series in the art of screenwriting and short film production.
Industry guest instructor to the Theater BFA senior showcase class. Focus on interpreting character, deep script analysis, scene study and the business of acting for camera.
Entertainment industry guest teacher for Oregon public high school. Workshops included acting for camera, the art of auditioning, marketing for actors, as well as traditional scene study.
Creating and teaching workshops for young South African students in acting, music, dance and playwriting, as well as running and international arts education non-profit organization.
Performing arts program for grade school to high school students. Instruction included scene work and monologues from Shakespeare and Chekhov to 20th Century American playwrights.
University student volunteer project, creating and teaching workshops in acting, music, and dance for young South African students in the townships of Cape Town.
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.Show More
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Zach is a fantastic instructor. He is a true coach, and has an insight into script analysis without all the bull, being able to help you pull the truth out of a scene whilst keeping it simple. Highly recommended.
Zach is a great instructor! He’s very encouraging & gave me great advice/direction as I begin film school. Would definitely recommend!
Zach is perhaps one of the smartest and most well rounded artists I've met. He has experience in all aspects of the business, from being an actor to a producer and to an award winning director, which makes him an unbelievable resource and teacher. I always look forward to our time together because I feel supported, heard, seen and never judged. He is always one step ahead which allows for very productive sessions. I leave our sessions feeling confident and fully prepared for whatever may come my way in auditions. I've worked with many people in this business and you do not come across people like him often. I feel incredibly grateful that I have Zach as a coach and resource. I cannot recommend him enough or give him higher praise.Show More
I'm a recent LA transplant aspiring to due more film and tv work. I've been working with Zach for the past 3 months and he has done amazing things for me, in terms of how to transition from working in theatre to being in front of the camera. Zach isn't like other teachers in LA, he's a true mentor and passionate about getting to know you as an artist in order to help yo ubring truth to your acting.Show More
Zach is a terrific coach, teacher, and director. Not only does he have excellent skills with the camera and editing software but he allows you to relax and find your groove while you tape in addition to giving you great and thoughtful direction. I would highly recommend him for any and all on-camera needs!Show More
Zach is awesome!! I've worked with him for years, both as teacher and as coach, and can't recommend him enough.
With a background as an actor, writer, and director, Zach brings so much to the table. He truly understands the actor's process, offering invaluable guidance and insight, and knows how to bring out an actor's most genuine, connected, and truthful work. His approach is broadened and strengthened by the fact that he deeply understands the anatomy of a script, and can break down the beats of a scene like no one else. I cannot recommend Zach highly enough.Show More
I have been searching for the right guidance, a home for learning, real collaborative searching through scripted text to reveal art, and comradderie while doing so and I finally found Zach. He’s not afraid to use all avenues to achieve what we agree that we are trying to create and so there is no “formula” or “technique” as much as catering to what’s being demanded from the writing and how do we get there. He’s patient, smart, approaches the work from director, actor, cinematographer, and producer angles, creating an incredibly comprehensive coaching that makes everything else I’ve ever encountered in LA pale in comparison. Go to Zach. Curiosity. Creation. Success. HIGHEST recommendation.Show More
Great session. His experience as a writer, actor, and director was clear in how he communicated with me. Always looking at the root of the story, and building out from thee. Highly recommend.
Zach is a great teacher. He's filled with joy and excitement for acting and is VERY professional. I also found it helpful that he is a director, because he has great tips on how the camera works and ways an actor can use it to their advantage. Can't wait for my next lesson.Show More
Zach has the best critical eye I know. As a trained actor himself, he understands what it's supposed to be and guides you there without ever preventing you from being authentically yourself. He also brings his director's eye to self-tapes, elevating the scene by shaping the frame. The way we set up the camera for a battle scene allowed me to fully commit as an actor without worrying about the technical aspects of taping.Show More
Working with Zach is a truly unique experience. I felt taken care of, heard, and safe which enabled me to do my best work possible. He creates a true actor's gym — his observations are astute and I felt emboldened to take risks. His approach is no-nonsense and allowed me to get to the heart and truth of my scene quickly and efficiently. My reps were impressed with not only the quality of my work but with the quality of my audition tape.Show More