On the Couch with Zack Anthony Curran

Zack Anthony CurranWho is Zack Anthony Curran?
An actor and producer currently working on A Lie Of The Mind – a pop up production of the iconic play by Sam Shepard.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’ve always said I’d be an artist and I am one, so I’m pretty happy with that…  Other than that I think I’d like to live on a beach in Mexico and eat nachos and drink beer for the rest of my life?

Who inspires you and why?  
I’m inspired constantly by my colleagues and fellow artists, my teachers and my students.  In particular, I have been incredibly inspired by my mentor and teacher Gabriella-Rose Carter and the great acting coach Larry Moss both of whom pushed me to do the very thing I am currently doing.  Making theatre and making a difference to the artistic landscape.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?  
I’d like to create an entirely environmentally sustainable arts venue.  I’m currently working on this.  Also to make theatre accessible and available to all levels of the community despite monetary restrictions.  I’ve started to implement this by having “pay what you can” nights every Tuesday and Wednesday at A Lie Of The Mind – they are our biggest nights of the week!

Favourite holiday destination and why?  
I’ve been to New York a number of times for fun and work and it will always hold a dear place in my heart.  I’ve loved traveling through Vietnam with my sister Kate and also going solo in Mexico where I drank lots of tequila on a pirate ship floating on the Caribbean sea under a full moon!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I think Melbourne is the best city in Australia and I’ve lived all over.  I love the romantic artistic nature of the city, the endless festivals and events but most of all I love the restaurant and bar scene!  My favourite places to take guests:  For cocktails: Eau De Vie, for cheep street eats: Hanoi Hanna, for burgers: Parlour Diner, for next level more formal dining: Coda, for late late night drinking: Double Happiness & New Gold Mountain.

What are you currently reading?
The Fault in Our Stars!  (I’m a teenage girl)

What are you currently listening to?
Chet Faker.

Happiness is?
Doing what you love, with people you love, having gratitude and not taking it all too seriously.

What does the future hold for you?
Lets just say this project is just the tip of the iceberg.  Big things are coming for me and this little pop-up theatre.  By next year, we will be a fully functioning, major player in the Melbourne Arts scene.

A graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Zack Anthony Curran is a Melbourne based actor, singer and producer. Most recently Zack played the role of twin brother Mickey Johnstone opposite Amanda Muggleton in Blood Brothers for Harvest Rain Theatre Company at QPAC to critical acclaim.

Other recent theatrical projects include It’s Only Life – accompanied by John Bucchino, Hello, Dolly!, Anyone Can Whistle, Hello Again and the National and NZ tour of My Fair Lady for Opera Australia as the understudy to Freddy Eynsford Hill. Recent television credits include Winners and Losers for The Seven Network and the TAC Drink Driving Campaign.

Zack was a finalist at the Inaugural Rob Guest Endowment Concert at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and has subsequently performed as a vocalist at many of the annual orchestral concerts. In New York City, Zack has performed It’s Only Life – accompanied by John Bucchino at the iconic jazz venue “Bird Land” and in The Good Fight by Nick Enright and David King as invited by the New York Music Theatre Festival.

Zack is currently appearing in A Lie Of The Mind at The Grange until 13 September. For more information, visit: www.lieofthemind.com for details.

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