About Zak Sandler
Zak Sandler has played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple. He has music-directed and conducted at The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Dallas Theater Center, TheatreWorks, TONY award-winning Signature Theatre, and The Public Theater.
Zak has conducted many vocal ensembles including the Yale Spizzwinks (the premiere underclassman all-male a cappella group at Yale) and MasterVoices, run by Broadway conductor Ted Sperling. He loves teaching because it allows us to explore inside ourselves through music and having fun doing it!
Zak is writing music, lyrics, and book for Inside My Head, his musical about learning to work with his bipolar. The show premiered at NY Theatre Barn and was a semifinalist at the O’Neill Theater’s National Music Theater Conference. It will be touring colleges throughout the U.S. in the next year. He’s also co-writing Anthem, which explores why we sing the national anthem based on real letters from American wars. Anthem has played at the NY Fringe Festival and will be released as a streaming musical in 2022. Zak is also arranging and co-orchestrating Unlimited, a revue of Stephen Schwartz’s work, and co-writing Happy Challah Days – A Jew-ish Revue-ish.
Beyond musical theater, Zak is an avid mental health advocate, speaking about his bipolar on This Is Actually Happening (podcast with 44K+ plays), and Moments of Clarity (radio show with 1M+ listeners). He won the 2018 Young Leader Award from the New York State chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness for mental health advocacy, education, and destigmatization, and is a featured speaker with This Is My Brave and the JED Foundation.
Proud alum, Yale, B.A., Music, 2008.