|Born||October 11, 1971|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Occupation||Theater Director, Choreographer and Professor of Musical Comedy and Jazz Dance|
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.
- 1 Gustavo Hernán Zajac
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. 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.
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]
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
He was in charge of "Cyrano", the musical by Frank Wildhorn at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, in 2017.
In 2018 he served as director and choreographer of "Barnum" at the Chung Mu Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.
He also was director and choreographer of "Bernarda Alba" Musical at Wooran Foundation, Seoul, Korea.
Bernarda Alba, Directed and Choroegraphy by: Gustavo Zajac.
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.
His work as Director and Choreographer.[edit | edit source]
|Director and Choreographer||Barnum||Chung Mu Art Hall||Seul, Corea||2018|
|Choreographer||Evita||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,
|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]
|2010|| Argentine Council of Dance
|| Recognition of the Teaching Trajectory
|2006|| Association of Critics of Shows, ACE
||Best Director in Musical Work
|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
|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
|2004||Association of Critics of Shows, ACE||Best Choreography
Teaching work[edit | edit source]
| Professor of Musical Theater and Lyrical Jazz
||Steps on Broadway||New York,
|Jazz Dance Teacher and choreographer
||Point Park University
International Summer Program
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
|Buenos Aires, Argentina|
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]
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- "Página/12 :: espectaculos". www.pagina12.com.ar (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
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- "Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theatre of Korea". www.jewishtimesasia.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Timbiriche, el musical presentará un espectáculo de primer nivel". El Informador :: Noticias de Jalisco, México, Deportes & Entretenimiento (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Timbiriche, el musical". Vanguardia (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Master Voices Are the Stars of Pirates of Penzance : Seen and Heard International". seenandheard-international.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- ""CYRANO": TALENTO ARGENTINO TRIUNFA EN COREA | Parte del Show". Parte del show (in español). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- Rohlf, Bradley (2018-09-13). "Creative Team and Ensemble Delivers in Spectacular Staging of 'Evita'". Saint Louis Limelight Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
- Farmer, Tina. "Like the Peróns, The Rep's spectacular 'Evita' is fiery, fascinating and a bit flawed". KDHX. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
- 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.
- "Gustavo Zajac Archives - Saint Louis Limelight Magazine". Saint Louis Limelight Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Bernarda Alba". RU-clip. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Gustavo Zajac Video". OneVidTube. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
- "Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance". www.tysod.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Past Master Classes". Hawkins School of Performing Arts. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Ashley Robson". www.shelleyshearerdance.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "News Post". www.smhall.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Theatre Review: Grand Production of 'Evita' Opens The Rep's 52nd Season | Review St. Louis". www.reviewstl.com. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
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