Zara holds a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied classical voice and music education. She has her A.Mus.A. qualification in both voice and piano, and is an accomplished music director, performer, accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and music educator.
Most recently, Zara was Music Director for Belvoir St. Theatre's touring production of the new Australian musical, FANGIRLS. Prior to that, Zara was Music Director for the Hayes Theatre Co. production of HMS Pinafore, earning a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for her work on the show.
Zara has provided music direction and accompaniment for a range of independent cabaret performances around Sydney, including for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Bloom Festival, and most recently for Squabbalogic’s Australian Made concert at The Seymour Centre, celebrating music by female, Australian music theatre composers.
In 2021, Zara was set to Music Direct productions of Head Over Heels and Bonnie & Clyde, both at the Hayes Theatre. Due to COVID-19, these projects have now been postponed to 2022.
Other credits as Music Director include If/Then (Theatre & Company), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (T&C) and CARRIE: The Musical (Louis Ellis Productions).
As a performer, Zara’s credits include City of Angels, The Light In The Piazza, and The Colour Orange, an award-winning, satirical musical about Pauline Hanson, which played at the Sydney Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festivals.
Zara has been involved in the development of a number of new Australian musicals over the last few years, including music direction for Jack of Clubs (The Joan), Alphabetical Sydney (Critical Stages) and Bakery Hill: An Australian Rebellion (Yellow Line Theatre), for which she also provided vocal arrangements.
Recently, together with Tom Campbell, Zara has also been composing a series of music theatre songs, with the intention of eventually developing them into a new musical.
Zara is incredibly passionate about promoting diversity and representation in musical theatre, particularly for artists of Asian heritage and for female musicians, music directors and creatives.
She currently teaches voice at Meriden School, as well as performing regularly as a soprano soloist with the Taverner Consort of Voices and at various other corporate and private functions around Sydney.
Interested in touring?
- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Music Assistant
- Vocal Arranger
- Music Copyist
- Music Transcriber
- Pit Musician (Keyboards)
- Audition Pianist
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Voice teacher with roster of private students
- Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
My Primary Instrument
- Synth - keyboards
Person of Color?