Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • M.F.A., Regent University
  • B.F.A., University of Nevada, Reno


Prior to his work at Biola, Zachary Bortot served as the director of development for the Chicago based non-profit Christian theatre company, Honest Theatre. During this time he also studied improvisational comedy at the legendary iO theatre. In his career, he has spent years working as an actor, director, writer, fight director and instructor in a variety of locales and venues in the United States, for both stage and screen. He earned his M.F.A. in acting at Regent University in 2012 and his B.F.A. in theatre (performance emphasis) at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. A SAFD trained and certified actor-combatant, he loves a good bit of stage combat when a production calls for it. Research interests include Theatre of Cruelty, immersive theatre, and the application of augmented and virtual reality in the performing arts. He has a passion for enabling other performance artists to explore the creative vocational endeavors to which the master artist has called them. He is ever thankful to God for the opportunity to work with the talented group of educators at Biola, and to his wife, Rebekah, whose unwavering support gives him the strength to endure life with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, serving as an advocate for awareness and exploration of alternative treatments and therapies.


  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
  • Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)


  • Who’s Who Nominee, Regent University 2012
  • Three Time Irene Ryan Award Nominee, Regent University 2012
  • Actor Combatant in SAFD, Regent University 2011
  • MFA Theatre Award, Regent University 2009
  • Graduated with High Distinction, UNR 2008

Publications (Selected)


  • Flesh vs. Faith: A Machiavellian Musketeer, Bortot, Zachary, Regent University, 2012

In Progress:

  • La Realite Virtuelle: Cultivating Cruel Realities in Theatre, Bortot, Zachary, Biola University, 2017


  • Magical Starlight Theatre, Naperville. Assistant Teacher for “Unarmed & Armed Stage Combat Principles.” 2015.
  • UnCovered Theatre & Rochester College, Rochester Hills. Presented on “Integration of Meisner Principles with Practical Aesthetics.” 2013.
  • UnCovered Theatre & Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Presented on “Developing a Process for the Actor: Scene Study.” 2013.
  • UnCovered Theatre & Rochester College, Rochester Hills. Presented on “Single Sword Basics.” 2013.
  • UnCovered Theatre & Rochester College, Rochester Hills. Presented on “An Introduction to Linklater Vocal Technique.” 2013.
  • UnCovered Theatre & Rochester College, Rochester Hills. Presented on “Activating Shakespearean Text.” 2013.
  • Regent University, Virginia Beach. Co-Workshop Leader for “They Fight.” 2012.

Research Interests

  • Theatre of Cruelty
  • Immersive Theater
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Performance
  • Faith Integration in the Performing Arts


Presently teaching: Production Practicum I, Theatre Appreciation, Voice and Speech for the Actor, Theatrical Makeup, Theatre Topics: Improvisation, Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Production Practicum II, Playwriting for Performance, Communication Practicum, Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and the Business of Acting, Communication Seminar: Stage Combat, Movement for the Actor and Directed Research.

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Theater
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