Zachary Stevenson is a Canadian singer/songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer and disco-dancer.
Since graduating with a BFA in acting from the University of Victoria in 2003, Zach has embarked on various projects that have him zig-zagging across the country and even down south. His first professional project out of school was performing and producing a humble, grass roots, one-man show depicting the controversial, '60s-era folk singer Phil Ochs in The Ballad of Phil Ochs. Despite having nothing but student debt as a budget, Zach’s passion and perseverance saw the show through venues from the Queen Charlotte Islands to Toronto and eventually culminating to a sellout stand at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Zach was born on Vancouver Island and now divides his time mostly between Vancouver and Toronto. In 2006, he starred in the Belfry’s hit production of Urinetown - the Musical, as Buddy Holly in Drayton Entertainment’s Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (which has two new stagings in 2007 in St. Jacobs and Penetenguishene). He also performed in Toronto's revival of Hair: the Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and began the year in the Firehall Theatre’s Jesse award-winning production of Urinetown. Summer 2010 saw Zach once more star as Buddy in Arts Club Theatre's record-breaking production of the show in Vancouver, selling out an incredible 61 performances.
In 2005, Zach premiered Ross Desprez’s The Ballad of Jim Pane at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, which he was instrumental in developing and creating. Monday Magazine’s readers named him runner-up for favorite actor in 2005. The Ballad of Jim Pane is part of the On the Waterfront Festival in Dartmouth, NS, in Spring 2007.
When he is not acting, he is often writing and performing music. His main instrument has become the acoustic guitar, but he is also accomplished on electric guitar, piano, saxophone and accordion. He released his first album of original music with friend and collaborator Jeff Bryant in the summer of 2006: The Human Statues - Sweet Sorrow for the Happily Departed. He is developing a new solo album for release this Spring.
When he is not acting, writing or playing music, he may be disco-dancing. Zach created a street performance act known to many as 'Discoman' which he carries in his suitcase to wherever he roams.
"(A) formidable portrayal of the play's title figure. The talented actor-singer captures the gawky boyish charm, feisty self-confidence and musical genius of the rock 'n' roll pioneer."
- Noel Gallagher, The London Free Press
"Zachary Stevenson is one of the most charming talents to grace local stages in ages."
- John Threlfall, Monday Magazine (Victoria)
"Zachary Stevenson dons the unmistakable horn-rimmed glasses and tackles the title role with expertise."
- Lynda Hillman-Rapley, The Lakeshore Advance
">Zach (R) as Buddy at Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver (2010)