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Gustavo Zajac
BornOctober 11, 1971
Buenos Aires, Argentina
NationalityArgentina
OccupationTheater Director, Choreographer and Professor of Musical Comedy and Jazz Dance
Awards
Argentine Council of Dance Award in recognition of Gustavo`s teaching career, in 2010.
ACE Award for Best Director in Musical Play by Víctor Victoria, in 2006.
Buenos Aires Government Award for Best Choreography by Native, in 2005.

Gustavo Hernán Zajac[edit | edit source]

(October 11, 1971, Argentina) is a theater director, choreographer and professor of musical comedy and jazz dance. For more than fifteen years he has traveled the world with his work and has taken his artistic works to countries such as the United States, Mexico, Japan and Korea. He currently resides in New York.

Start of his career[edit | edit source]

Gustavo Zajac knew his passion for dance from a very young age, when he was 9 (1980) he began to participate in the artistic presentations of his elementary school. In 1990 he reaffirmed his desire to perform professionally in this discipline and began to train in the City of Buenos Aires.

Initially he took technical classes barre á terre with Liliana Cepeda. Then he specialized in contemporary dance with Ana Kamien and in Teatro General San Martín’s dance workshop in the city of Buenos Aires. During all these years of training he maintained his passion for Jazz dance and had the opportunity to train withAdolfo Colque.

He complemented his artistic studies taking classes from other disciplines. He trained in theater with Beatriz Matar and Agustín Alezzo and in singing and music in different academies.. 

In 1998, he won the “Beca del Fondo Nacional de las Artes” - Fulbright Scholarship to perfect in music, theater, dance and choreography for a full year in New York, a city that opened the doors to the development of his international career.

Career Path[edit | edit source]

Theater and Television[edit | edit source]

As an actor and dancer he played Tulsa in Gypsy with Mabel Manzotti, Ambar La Fox, Sandra Guida and Eleonora Wexler[1]. He shared the stage with the first Argentine dancer Eleonora Cassano on the show Cassano Dancing, while on television he worked with the Argentine star Susana Giménez.[2]

In 2002 he founded his own dance company called TEN, made up of ten dancers whom he formed and with whom he made public shows of Theater Dance and Lyrical Jazz participating in various festivals.

Gustavo's work in Argentina[edit | edit source]

 Gustavo Zajac was summoned in Argentina as translator of David Leveaux and Jonathan Butterell, director and choreographer of Nine respectively. 

After its successful opening, he served as Resident Director of the same musical starred by Juan Darthes, at the Metropolitan Theater of Buenos Aires. He also co-directed the plays "La lista completa" and "Paulatina aproximación" by Javier Daulte at Teatro Payró.

From the year 2000, Gustavo Zajac began working in the city of Buenos Aires as assistant director and choreographer for various musicals such as "La Tiendita del Horror" directed by Robert Jess Roth and Matt West and played by Sandra Ballesteros and Diego Ramos. He also worked as a choreographer in "Aplausos" in 2004, with the actresses Claudia Lapaco and Paola Krum.[3]

He also directed and choreographed the plays "Nativo", for which he received the Trinidad Guevara City of Buenos Aires Award for the best choreography; "Man of La Mancha" in 2005, starred by the singer Raúl Lavié and "Víctor Victoria" with Valeria Lynch in 2006, for which he won the ACE Award for Best Director in Musical Theater. [4]

In addition, he was choreographic director of the tango shows "Tangorama" in 2006, "Bien Argentino" in 2008 and "Puerto Buenos Aires" in 2009, where he worked with the artists Mora Godoy, Patricia Sosa, Laura Fidalgo and Maximiliano Guerra.  

In 2013 he returned to national television as the director of choreography for the program "Your Face Sounds Familiar", hosted by Alejandro Marley Wiebe for Telefé. Artists from the cycle included Carmen Barbieri, Lucía and Joaquín Galán from the Pimpinela duo, Laura Esquivel,Pablo Granados, Martín Campi Campilongo, Rocío Girao Diaz, Jey Mammon and Benjamín Amadeo. 

In 2017 he directed Humberto Tortonese in the Argentine version of the box office comedy "An Act of God". [5]

International work[edit | edit source]

By mid-1999 he started working on Broadway. His first performance as a choreographer was in association with Wise Guys, along with British film and theater director Sam Mendes at the New York Theater Project. Also, he participated with the choreographer Jonathan Butterell in the assembly of the commercial E-Bay on Broadway, broadcast on American television and also directed by Mendes.

In 2003 he traveled to New York, convened by the creative team of "Nine" on Broadway to work on a version of that musical played by Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera. A year later, the same producer called him as associate choreographer of "Fiddler on the Roof" with the actor Alfred Molina and directed by David Leveaux.

In 2005 he entered the Asian market as a choreographer of "Nine" at the Art Sphere theater in Tokyo, Japan. He was the conductor and choreographer of the musicals "Blood weddings" and "Yerma" based on the plays of the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca. He also directed and choreographed "Argentango" in Tokyo and Osaka in 2014 and was choreographer of "The Lost Glory", musical that marked the 100th anniversary of the internationally known Takarazuka REVUE Company, in 2015.[6]

He was director and choreographer of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul, Korea, in 2008. In that country, he also directed and created the choreography of "Lovers in Paris" and "Sweet come to me Stealthily" in 2010 and 2012, respectively.[7][8]

He landed in Mexico City in 2010, as director and choreographer of "Timbiriche the musical", based on the themes of the legendary group Timbiriche.[9][10]

In 2016 he was associate director and choreographer of the musical "Pirates of Penzance" at the mythical City Center of New York City. Also, he choreographed one of the productions of the "24 Hour Musical", starred by the Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth.[11]

He was in charge of "Cyrano", the musical by Frank Wildhorn at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, in 2017.[12]

In 2018 he served as director and choreographer of "Barnum" at the Chung Mu Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.

During the same year he was the choreographer of "Evita" at the St Louis Repertory Theater, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.[13][14][15][16]

He also was director and choreographer of "Bernarda Alba" Musical at Wooran Foundation, Seoul, Korea.[17]

Bernarda Alba, Directed and Choroegraphy by: Gustavo Zajac.[18]

Teaching[edit | edit source]

An important part of Gustavo Zajac's career is his work as a dance teacher in different parts of the world such as Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Chile and Paraguay.

In the United States, he works as a recurring teacher in the mythical Steps on Broadway dance studio in New York City.

He has also been a guest professor since 2002 in the international summer program of the Point Park University in Pittsburgh, an institution with which he developed a scholarship system for students from all over Latin America. This program consists of a one-month intensive training workshop in which students compete to obtain one of the full scholarships awarded by that university. In the last ten years, more than a hundred dancers won this scholarship to study for free for two months in the city of Pittsburgh. This program was replicated in Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador.

In Europe he worked as a guest teacher and choreographer at several festivals and dance studios such as the Centro Studi Danza Classica in Rome, Italy; the Atelier Comedié Musicale Les Inclassabes in Paris, France; and at the Carmen Roche Dance and Theater School in Madrid and the San Sebastian Theater Festival, Spain.

While in Latin America, he was also a guest professor and choreographer at the School of Marisol Pecci in Asunción, Paraguay; of the Sergio Valero Dance School in Santiago de Chile, Chile and the Raza Company School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He also gives seminars in the studio of Olga Ferri and Julio Bocca in Buenos Aires and regular courses in other provinces of Argentina.[19][20][21][22]

His work as Director and Choreographer.[edit | edit source]
POSITION MUSICAL THEATER CITY YEAR
Director and Choreographer Barnum Chung Mu Art Hall Seul, Corea 2018
Choreographer Evita[23] St. Louis Repertory Theater Saint Louis, USA 2018
Director and choreographer Bernarda Alba A. Musical Wooran Foundation Seul, Corea 2018
Director, choreographer and adapter Fiddler on the Roof Astral Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018
Director and choreographer Cyrano The Musical LG Art Centre Seul, Corea 2017
Director Act of God Maipo Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017
Associate Director and choreographer Pirates of Penzance City Center New York USA 2016
Choreographer 24 Hour Musical Gramercy Theater New York USA 2015
Director, choreographer and Writter Argentango Umeda Arts Theater Tokio, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan 2014
Choreographer Takarazuka Review Company

100th Anniversary Review

Takarazuka Grand Theater Takarazuka City and Tokio, Japan 2014
Art Director and choreographer Your Face Sounds Familiar Telefe TV Argentina 2013
Director and Choreographer Sweet Come to Me Stealthily CJ Towol Theater Seul, Corea 2013
Director and choreographer Lovers in Paris D-Cube Theater Seul, Corea 2012
Choreographer and Stager Yerma Bank Art Theater Yokohama, Japan 2011
Director and Choreographer Timbiriche The Musical ALDAMA Mexico City 2010
Director and Choreographer Bien Argentino, Tango Show Madero Tango Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2009
Choreographer and Stager Blood Weddings Bank Art Theatre Yokohama, Japan 2009
Director and Choreographer Fiddler on the Roof
Corea National Theater Seul, Corea 2008-2009
Director and choreographer Puerto de Buenos Aires, Tango Show Madero Tango Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2008
Director and choreographer Tangorama,

Tango Show

Madero Tango Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2006-2007
Director and choreographer Victor Victoria National Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2006-2007
Director and choreographer Man of La Mancha National Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2005-2006
Choreographer Nine Brava Theater Osaka, Japan 2005
Choreographer Native Teatro Nacional Buenos Aires, Argentina 2005
Choreographer Nine Art Sphere Theater Tokio, Japan 2004
Choreographer Aplausse National Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina
Associate Choreographer Fiddler on the Roof
Minskoff Theater Broadway, New York, USA 2003-2006
Choreographer assistant Nine Eugene O'Neill Theater Broadway, New York, USA 2003
Associate Director and choreographer.

Translator and adapter

The Little Shop of Horrors Broadway Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 2000-2001
Choreographer Assistant Wise Guys New York Theater Workshop New York, USA 1999
Director Assistant and choreographer Nine Metropolitan Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina 1998
Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]
AÑO AWARD CATEGORY PLAY COUNTRY RESULTADO
2010  Argentine Council of Dance
 Recognition of the Teaching Trajectory
Argentina Winner
2006  Association of Critics of Shows, ACE
Best Director in Musical Work
Víctor Victoria  Argentina Winner
2006-2009  Association of Critics of Shows, ACE
Best Choreography Port of Buenos Aires, Tangorama and Bien Argentino Argentina Nominated
2006  Association of Critics of Shows, ACE
Best Choreography
Víctor Victoria  Argentina Nominated
2005-2006   Association of Critics of Shows, ACE  Best Director in Musical Work
Man of La Mancha Argentina Nominated
2005 Government of the City of Buenos Aires Best Choreography
Native Argentina Winner
2004 Association of Critics of Shows, ACE Best Choreography
Aplausse Argentina Nominated
Teaching work[24][edit | edit source]
POSITION SCHOOL CITY
 Professor of Musical Theater and Lyrical Jazz
Steps on Broadway New York,

USA

Jazz Dance Teacher and choreographer
Point Park University

International Summer Program

Pittsburgh, PA,

USA

Dance Teacher

Dance Studio Olga Ferri and Julio Bocca.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Professor and guest choreographer Yesenea Mendoza Artistic Center Guayaquil, Ecuador

Associate Professor of Choreographic Composition for Musical Theater


Buenos Aires University Buenos Aires, Argentina
 Professor of Choreographic Composition and Career Thesis
Professional Dance Career

IUNA

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Profesor

Dance and Art Studio Reina Reech

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Choreographer and teacher of Dance Jazz guest
Dance Center Córdoba, Argentina
Jelú Art School San Juan, Argentina
Patricia Arnoldi Schook Salta, Argentina
Ballerina Institute Entre Ríos, Argentina
Ballare Studio Formosa, Argentina
Ballet Studio Chaco, Argentina
La Dance Studio Santa Fe, Argentina
Rotter Dance Studio Neuquén, Argentina
Marisol Pecci School Asunción, Paraguay
Sergio Valero Dance Studio Santiago de Chile, Chile
Raza Company School Sao Paulo,  Brasil
Boston Summer Dance Festival Boston, MA, USA
Sacramento Summer Dance Sacramento, CA. USA
Atelier Comedié Musicale Les Inclassabes Paris, France
San Sebastián Theater Festival San Sebastián, Spain
Carmen Roche Dance and Theater School Madrid, Spain
Studi Danza Classica Center Rome, Italy
Tokyo Project Theater Tokyo, Yokohama Osaka. Japan

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Theater Magazine".
  2. "El argentino que hace "Nine "" (in español). 2003-04-12. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. "Revol – Revista de Danza | la tiendita del horror". revistarevol.com. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. "Víctor Victoria fue la obra más nominada" (in español). 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  5. "Página/12 :: espectaculos". www.pagina12.com.ar (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  6. League, The Broadway. "Gustavo Zajac – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  7. "Director Portrays Fiddler in Korean Sentiment". koreatimes. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. "Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theatre of Korea". www.jewishtimesasia.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. "Timbiriche, el musical presentará un espectáculo de primer nivel". El Informador :: Noticias de Jalisco, México, Deportes & Entretenimiento (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. "Timbiriche, el musical". Vanguardia (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  11. "Master Voices Are the Stars of Pirates of Penzance : Seen and Heard International". seenandheard-international.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  12. ""CYRANO": TALENTO ARGENTINO TRIUNFA EN COREA | Parte del Show". Parte del show (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. Rohlf, Bradley (2018-09-13). "Creative Team and Ensemble Delivers in Spectacular Staging of 'Evita'". Saint Louis Limelight Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  14. Farmer, Tina. "Like the Peróns, The Rep's spectacular 'Evita' is fiery, fascinating and a bit flawed". KDHX. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  15. Louis, Repertory Theatre of St. "The Rep announces cast, production team for its season-opening EVITA | Repertory Theatre of St. Louis". www.repstl.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  16. "Gustavo Zajac Archives - Saint Louis Limelight Magazine". Saint Louis Limelight Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  17. "Bernarda Alba". RU-clip. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  18. "Gustavo Zajac Video". OneVidTube. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  19. "Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance". www.tysod.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  20. "Past Master Classes". Hawkins School of Performing Arts. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  21. "Ashley Robson". www.shelleyshearerdance.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  22. "News Post". www.smhall.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  23. "Theatre Review: Grand Production of 'Evita' Opens The Rep's 52nd Season | Review St. Louis". www.reviewstl.com. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nombre17

External Links[edit | edit source]

Category:Argentine dancers Category:Argentine theatre directors Category:1971 births Category:People from Buenos Aires



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