Conductor/Music Director, Orchestrator, Composer/Lyricist, Pianist, Screenwriter
Zak Sandler is currently the Music Director and Conductor for FLY BY NIGHT at Dallas Theater Center, slated for production at Playwrights Horizons in 2014. He subs on Broadway for WICKED and MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL.
Zak's Off-Broadway credits include Music Director / Pianosaurus for TRIASSIC PARQ at Soho Playhouse, Music Director / Conductor / DJ for CAMP WANATACHI at La Mama, and Vocal Director for THE OHMIES at the Darryl Roth. He has also Music Directed SNOW WHITE, ROSE RED (AND FRED) at the Kennedy Center, Conducted BAND GEEKS! at Goodspeed (MD David Loud), and Music Directed A SECOND CHANCE at Signature in DC, where he re-orchestrated SWEENEY TODD for four musicians. The orchestrations received acclaim in "The Sondheim Review," and have since been performed across the country and in Canada.
Zak is also a composer in BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop (Advanced). Zak received the Shen Prize for Musical Theatre Composition from Yale in 2006, and the Fenno Heath Award for writing a new Yale song, now included in the official Yale Songbook. At age thirteen, his “Crooked Key Symphony” won the Friday Morning Music Club’s Neva Greenwood Composition Competition, and was performed live by the Mount Vernon Youth Orchestra. His work has also been presented in New York City at Joe's Pub, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the Donnell Library Center. He also writes pop songs and is working on his second screenplay.
Education: Yale, B.A., Music.
I was on TV!
Fly By Night on Good Morning Dallas
And check out this wonderful article about my Sweeney orchestration!
A Quick 5 with Zak Sandler