ZacharyLaks_headshotZachary Laks

STANJ — Distinguished Service

Zach Laks is a New York City-based theater producer and theater manager. Recent projects include teaming with Michael Urie to produce the critically-acclaimed Off Broadway run of Drew Droege’s Happy Birthday Doug as well as the smash Off Broadway hit Bright Colors And Bold Patterns. He is also the programming manager at Off Broadway’s Gym at Judson theater venue.

ZACH LAKS (Producer) is a New York-based Theater producer and general manager. Recent producing/management projects: Drew Droege’s Happy Birthday Doug produced in partnership with Michael Urie, Drew Droege’s Bright Colors And Bold Patterns (NYTimes Critics’ Pick, now on BroadwayHD), The Gym at Judson, John Hill’s The Feels Live, and an upcoming Jeffrey James/Justin Halpin project.

Zach is now in his eighth year as a judge with STANJ. Competition day is one of his favorite days of the year as he is thrilled by the passion, dedication, and talent the students bring to their presentations. He is honored to be able to provide students with feedback that they may apply to their future performing endeavors.

Zach was a huge proponent in putting the new STANJ registration and scoring software into place, as well as helping other judges run the program.

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The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.