Member since 2011
Zak is a playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer. He joined People’s Light as Associate Artistic Director in September, 2011, and became Producing Director in 2013. Previously, he was co-founder and Executive Director of Artistic Programming with Epic Theatre Ensemble, an OBIE, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Award-winning artist-run company in New York City. During his ten years of leadership, Epic gained a distinguished reputation for developing new work and cultivating diverse, new audiences. The company’s numerous Off-Broadway premieres include Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play, No Child... by Nilaja Sun, Palace of the End by Judith Thompson, and Hannah and Martin by Kate Fodor. Epic also produced the widely-acclaimed New York revival of JB Priestley’s Time and the Conways. His own plays include Beauty on the Vine, A Breath Short of Breathing, and The Harassment of Iris Malloy. Beauty on the Vine has been produced in New York and Chicago, published by Dramatist Play Service, and optioned by Dirty Rice Pictures to be turned into a film. Zak also co-adapted Antigone and The Visit for Epic's nationally-recognized Arts-In-Education residencies that include the Coming Up Taller Award-winning Shakespeare Remix. Berkman is a former script writer for NBC's Days of our Lives. He is a married to Teri Lamm and they have two boys, Eliot and Theo.