Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Zack Winokur, born in Boston, MA is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Concord Academy. His recent work has been seen in productions for the Juilliard Opera (La Calisto, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Turco in Italia, Der Kaiser von Atlantis)Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Svadba- European Premiere), Opera Omaha (A Flowering Tree), Cincinnati Opera (La Calisto), Skylight Music Theater (Hydrogen Jukebox), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Aldeburgh Music (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), London Philharmonic (Die Dreigroschenoper), Central City Opera (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), the Royal Opera House (Most of the Boys - World Premiere), International Contemporary Ensemble (Mesh- World Premiere), and the Museum of Arts and Design (Triptych- World Premiere) as well as re-staging Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman for the Joffrey Ballet. He co-directed, with Mary Birnbaum, a special performance in the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 82nd birthday conducted by Matthew Aucoin. Upcoming projects include, Orphic Moments, an evening featuring Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Aucoin’s Orphic Moment and a choreographed feast at the National Sawdust, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with La Nuova Musica at St. John Smith’s Square, London and Theatre Royal in Brighton, UK as part of the Brighton Festival, masterclasses at the Dutch National Opera Academy, and various reprisals of his production of Svadba all over the world.
He has choreographed for film with Academy Award nominated director Mike Figgis, collaborating on Burlington Project, a commission from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Dancing on Glass with pianist Rosey Chan and fashion house Boudicca that has been exhibited in Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo and Barcelona. His choreography has also been seen at David Lynch’s Club Silencio and the Centre Pompidou for the opening of the ASVOFF festival and as choreographic installations that took over the entire Royal Opera House for three days. As a dancer, Mr. Winokur has performed in the companies of Morphoses, Armitage Gone! Dance, David Parker and The Bang Group, and Moving Theater and as a soloist in work by Bronislava Nijinska, Jose Limon, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Luca Veggetti, Alexander Ekman and Nacho Duato as well as on international television as part of an advertisement for Coca-Cola. Winokur has curated shows at the 92nd St. Y and programmed and been commissioned to make several new interdisciplinary works at the Juilliard School. In 2014/15 Zack was the fourth recipient of the Marcus Institute Opera Directing Fellowship at The Juilliard School under the mentorship of Stephen Wadsworth. He was nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship in 2013, awarded a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works grant in 2012, and in 2011, with Ted Huffman, received a "Best Opera Direction" nomination in Opernwelt for Henze's El Cimarrón.