ZACH INFANTE

Actor, Director, Producer

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John Leguizamo's KISS MY AZTEC at Berkeley Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse

July & August 2019

This fresh, irreverent musical comedy could only spring forth from the clever and culturally savvy mind of John Leguizamo (who seriously schooled Berkeley Rep audiences with Latin History for Morons). With an energetic musical fusion of salsa, Latin boogaloo, hip-hop, gospel, funk, and merengue, and an inspired mash-up of Elizabethan dialect and modern slang, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates, and commemorates Latinx culture.

European conquest? Hell, no! It may be the 16th century in Spanish-occupied Mesoamerica, but these Aztecs is woke. Led by the unlikely duo of Colombina (a fierce female warrior) and Pepe (a not-so-fierce clown), they mount a scrappy resistance against their Spanish oppressors—and somehow get entangled in the dysfunctional dynamics of the Spanish viceroy’s bickering family. Will our heroes get conquistadored by whitey or win the day?

ALICE BY HEART at MCC Theater

1/28/2019

In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.

As they travel through the tale, ALICE BY HEART explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. This world premiere musical encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.

IN THE HEIGHTS at Orlando Shakes

October 7th, 2018

Spending time at the Orlando Shakes is transformative and I will be forever changed by the people and stories I encountered while working on In The Heights. I'm grateful to have played another dream role alongside such generous and daring collaborators.

Casting includes Ernie Pruneda as Usnavi De La Vega, Alina Alcantara as Abuela Claudia, Iliana M. Garcia as Nina Rosario, Deon'te Goodman as Benn, Juan Cantú as Kevin, Leesa Castaneda as Camila, Nina V. Negron as Vanessa, Zachary Infante as Sonny, Vicky Campadonico as Daniela, Kayla Alvarez as Carla, Erick Ariel Sureda as Graffetti Pete, and Bert Rodriguez as Piragua Guy. The ensemble includes Melanie Farber, Nicolette Quintero, Alejandra Martinez, Cherise James, Maiky Ayala, Kyle Laing, Joshian Morales, Rico Lastrapes, and Mark V. Harriott.

The artistic team includes Director Nick DeGruccio, Choreographer Kim Ball, Musical Director Josh Ceballos, Assistant Director Eric Zivot, Scenic Designer Jim Hunter, Lighting Designer Bert Scott, Costume Designer Christopher Vergara, Wig Designer/Stylist Ron Wolek, Sound Designers Craig Beyrooti and Trevor Peters, Audio Engineer Britt Sandusky, AEA Stage Manager Laura Lockner. 

KISS MY AZTEC with John Leguizamo

August 11, 2018

This was an experience I've been praying for since seeing John in Moulin Rouge back in the day. Our entire team, from crew to cast was stellar and I'm so grateful to apart of it's development.

Kiss My Aztec! features a book by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, music by Benjamin Velez, and lyrics by David Kamp, Velez, and Leguizamo. The musical is based on an original screenplay by Leguizamo and Stephen Chbosky.

With a musical fusion of bolero, hip hop, merengue, and rap, and a mashup of 16th century and modern slang, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates, and commemorates Latinx culture. Led by the unlikely duo of Colombina (a feminist warrior/rapper) and Pepe (a clown)—and empowered by a prophecy promising a new leader called the Great Brown Hope—they plot to overthrow their Spanish colonizers. Along the way they collide with an evil Viceroy, his inbred millennial daughter, and an absurd trio of singing Spanish Inquisitors.

ALICE BY HEART at Powerhouse Theater

July 5th, 2018

Thanks to Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater and the New York Stage and Film Company I had the great opportunity to collaborate on Alice By Heart, a new musical written by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, and Jessie Nelson, with direction by Nelson and Music Direction by Jason Hart. I've been captivated by this team of collaborators for years and I had a blast working on such a fun and exhilarating score and book. 

Book by Steven Sater with Jessie Nelson
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Steven Sater
Directed by Jessie Nelson

Featuring: Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Megan Masako Haley, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jimenez, J. Quinton Johnson, Lesli Margherita, Heath Saunders, Don Stephenson

FARMED: A Live Podcast Album at Joe's Pub

May 11, 2018

It was an amazing opportunity to produce this show!

Composer and vocalist Trevor Bachman kicks off his U.S. tour of FARMED: A Live Podcast Album. Described by the NY Times as "musically and vocally rich" and noted for his "soulful vocals", Bachman combines live interview with heart-pounding beats, electric harmonies, and an earth-shaking choir of voices. Sourcing interviews from audiences in cities around the country, FARMED bridges distant communities through conversation and song. All concerts are live studio events, and recorded for podcast.

CHASING FEAR with New York Theatre Barn

May 21, 2018

The eleventh season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, May 21, 2018 with pre-premieres of two new musicals: Chasing Fear and Pete(HER)Pan. Theatre Barn's eleventh season explores "Foreign Cultures and Fractured Fairy Tales."

Inspired by Turkish folklore, Chasing Fear has music and lyrics by Trevor Bachman (Public Theater's Black Light) and a book by Blake McCarty (Play/Date). Chasing Fear tells the story of a boy who leaves home in search of the true meaning of fear. Seen through the eyes of a young refugee, his encounters with ogres, ghosts, and even mermaids become both topical and timeless. As the child faces their own fears and otherness, this new musical mixes multiple languages and cultural traditions to remind audiences that we can all be outsiders. Produced in partnership with Zachary Infante, the presentation is directed by Taylor Reynolds, with music Direction by Macy Schmidt, and a cast that includes Will Bellamy, Zachary Infante (New York City Center's Big River), Amanda Jarufe, Tatiana LoftonMichael LorzRashad Naylor (Motown), Ebonee Noel, Carlie Priso, and Josh Quat (Public Theater's Black Light).

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY at Two River Theater

February 23rd, 2018

David Greenspan's adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey continues to have a powerful impact on my drive and determination to tell classic stories through a fresh lens. David and our director Ken Rus Schmoll were able to access a courage and determination among the beautiful cast at one of the greatest theaters in America.

 

Featured in the cast are Sumaya Bouhbal (Pepita), David Greenspan (Uncle Pio), Zachary Infante (Esteban), Julienne Hanzelka Kim (Madre María), Elizabeth Ramos (Camila Perichole), Steven Rattazzi (Don Vicente/Don Andrés de Ribera/Captain Alvarado/Jaime/Inez), Mary Lou Rosato (Doña María), Bradley James Tejeda (Manuel), and Madeline Wise (Doña Clara).

The creative team includes scenic designer Antje Ellermann, costume designer Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting designer Yuki Nakase, and sound designer Karin Graybash. The wig designer is David Bova and the puppet consultant is Eric Wright. Megan Smith is the stage manager.

RENT at the Aruba's National Theater Cas Di Cultura

November 7, 2017

RENT is produced in New York City by On The Quays. Dedicated to creating and producing work in theatre, film, and digital media, they are inspired to tell relevant and engaging stories. Their production of RENT previously played a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest performing arts festival in the world. The production garnered 5-star reviews, hailed as "RENT for a new generation, with a faultless cast, exquisite performances, and vocals that move the soul."

 

RENT in Aruba features a cast of professional actors from New York City, including Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), Michael QuadrinoJonathan Christopher, Will Bellamy, Zia, Zachary Infante, Magdiel Cabral, Gerard Canonnico, Hannah Fairchild, Hakim Rashad McMillan, Injoy FountainJoseph Spinelli, Evan Maltby, Matt Engle and Lisa Helmi Johanson.

Nicola Murphy directs, with music direction by Keiji Ishiguri and choreography by Tommy Bracco.

RENT was Cas Di Cultura's first major professional theatrical event in its 69 year history. Vicky Arens, the new managing artistic director was eager for a chance to bring a professional production from New York City to Aruba.

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