The son of a Brooklyn born father and an Australian born mother, Zach grew up in NYC as a die hard Knicks fan with dreams of being a dinosaur fossil hunter. As the tyrannosaurus fixation waned, Zach became interested in acting during high school. He continued to study performance at Boston College and graduated with a degree in Theater. After short period of acting in local commercials and regional theaters in New England, Zach moved back to NYC. His first job was a small recurring role as the mini-mart clerk on the soap opera Guiding Light.
After a year in NYC, Zach decided to further his theater training and auditioned for graduate schools. He was accepted to the American Repertory Theater/ Moscow Art Theater/ Harvard University Master of Fine Arts in Acting Program. The program introduced him to directors such as Diane Paulus and John Tiffany. It also took him to Moscow for three months where he and his class mates studied with Russian acting teachers who prided themselves as being "three handshakes from Stanislavsky".
Upon graduating Zach again decided to move back to NYC. Zach signed with talent agency, Don Buchwald and Associates. He appeared in New York theater productions of Hamlet and Cosi, the TV show All My Children, and the video game Grand Theft Auto V, in addition to a number of independent films.
In May 2012 Zach was asked by two fellow Boston College alumni to join the startup New York Picture Company, as their VP of Business Affairs. Since then, NYPC has produced award winning commercials, an original sketch series, a branded short film, and a web pilot. Zach, along with the two founders, co-writes, directs and produces most of the content as well as coordinates shoots, social media campaigns, and casting.
Zach is also currently the Program Coordinator for the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. His work for the foundation includes mentoring Watson Fellows, planning and managing over twenty events a year for the Foundation, communicating with participating colleges and universities, and administration of the online applications and databases for the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. He also counsels the Fellows on interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, and finding post-graduation opportunities.
Zach enjoys traveling, playing rugby, reading Wheel of Time novels, and eating all the delicious food in New York.
He is married to the beautiful, smart, shark-loving, and talented Sarah Jadin.
Michael Raymen: MichaelR@buchwald.com
I got married!!! Sarah and I were married on July 5th, 2014. We were so amazed and thankful to everyone who came from out of town to join us. We had family in from Australia, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and New York, and friends coming in from Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. It was truly an overwhelming and wonderful experience. Sarah's awesome MoH, Jordy, started the hashtag #bubodinwedding so you can check out all the fun on Instagram!
NYPC Sketch Show has had an incredible run, with Wedding Planner taking in 10,000 views! We also released a fairly popular music video for St. Paddy's Day, "Legitimate Irish", which was apparently really popular in Malaysia.
I also had the opportunity to travel with the Watson Fellows down to DC for the Save the Children Advocacy Summit. I think I had as good of a time as the Fellows, meeting with our representatives and advocating for children on The Hill.
Whoa. After an amazing trip to Australia with Sarah and visiting family, Matt, Jim, and I launched the NYPC Sketch Show. We had an incredible premiere party at Culture Fix and have been releasing new episodes every Friday (with outtakes on Wednesdays). I'll link one of the Press Releases, as they spell out the company and the mission a little more clearly.