ZBS industry series!
Inviting all ZBS Members to attend THE NEXT ZBS INDUSTRY SERIES EVENT!
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SUNDAY, September 10TH
12:00 – 1:00 PM PT
Online via Zoom

The ZBS’ Industry Series features ZBS teachers in dialogue with diverse industry leaders as they discuss their work and life through the lens of the studio’s primary themes of activism, spirituality, and entertainment.  A think tank for an evolving world and industry, the Industry Series gives voice to the Actors, Writers, Directors, Casting Directors, and Executives that play a part in shaping our world.

Each talk is 30-45 minutes, and concludes with a Q and A.  Open to ZBS Members of all ages (and their families)!

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As a writer and director, Keith’s work spans across theater, film, and television. For four years, he was the Producing Artistic Director of Contemporary Stage Company in Wilmington, DE, where he produced, directed, wrote, and/or performed in plays starring Lynn Redgrave, Keith David, Jasmine Guy, Richard Easton and Sean Patrick Thomas.

Episodic directing credits include episodes of Interview With The Vampire, So Help Me Todd, Home Economics, Big Sky, Single Drunk Female, Dickinson, Young Rock, Doogie Kamealoha, MD and Superstore.

His short films People We Meet (starring Scott Adsit and Frederick Weller), Sophie’s Quinceañera (starring Bashir Salahuddin and Ana Ortiz), the animated comedy Nate & Abe (with voice talents Alyssa Milano, Robert Ben Garant, Aubrey Plaza, David Wain, and Rachel Dratch), and Pillow Talk (starring his wife) have played in festivals like Raindance Film Festival, San Luis Obispo Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival (where he won the SPARK Award), LA Shorts Fest, American Black Film Fest, New York Television Festival, and SeriesFest.

As a writer, he has developed projects with HBO, MTV, Warner Brothers, and Sony Television, in addition to projects with various production companies like Broadway Video, Film 44, YouTube, and Crackle.

As an actor, Keith was a series regular for all seasons of NBC’s 30 Rock, where he won a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Madelaine Petsch
Series Regular Cheryl Blossom, CW Riverdale,

I’ve worked with him for four years. He’s passionate about what he does, and it makes us passionate.  We’re a family. ZBS is a community…a second home

Star of Patty Cake$, Dumplin' with Jennifer Aniston, Every Secret Thing with Dakota Fanning and Diane Lane

Whenever I get a script I always ask myself, WWZD—What would Zak Do?

Kenny Ortega
Kenny Ortega
High School Musical, Julie and the Phantoms, Descendants
Emmy and DGA Winning Director and Choreographer

During the camera tests and throughout rehearsals and filming on my Netflix series, “Julie and the Phantoms”, Zak’s work with our young actors provided them with the tools that enabled them to accomplish outstanding work.  If I didn’t know better, I’d swear he was a magician

Barnet Bain
Barnet Bain
What Dreams May Come, and Best Selling Author of "The Book of Being and Doing"
Oscar and Emmy Nominated Filmmaker

Zak speaks the language of the soul and is able to stir his actors on the deepest levels of artistic and personal transformation.

Sara Isacson
Sara Isaacson
Chicago Med and Fire, Law and Order: The Menendez Murders, The Mentalist
Casting Director

His connection to his students is unlike anything I’ve seen…the work is incredibly brave

Jonathan Daviss
Outer Banks

Zak Barnett taught me to love my craft.  Before I came to the studio I loved acting and I knew it was all I wanted to do, but I didn’t know why.  I found myself in a place where I was giving good auditions, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled.  Going through his classes allowed me to find my own wants and meld them into one.  I learned to love the art of acting and find joy in making something special, something only I could create.