Zachary Field, a New England performing artist, was born in Bangor, Maine, and got his start at the age of thirteen by learning to juggle from the book, Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Several months later he performed his first show at a local library and began to perform regularly at local fairs and festivals. At the age of seventeen, Zachary was hired to entertain as “Bingo the Clown” at The Ground Round Restaurant. Eight shows each weekend and often twelve hours a day in costume quickly developed and refined Zachary’s performance skills.
Soon after, while teaching a juggling workshop at the Common Ground Fair, Zachary met fellow performers Rick Adam and Robin Mellow, who were impressed with his talent and determination. They quickly encouraged Zachary to pursue his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. Following their advice, Zachary enrolled in the internationally renowned Celebration Barn Theater, and under the guidance of veteran performer Tony Montanaro and Fred Garbo, he began expanding his skills to include elements of comedy, mime and acting. Zachary’s teachers quickly realized that his comic timing and ability to improvise were his greatest strengths and they encouraged him to fully develop his skills.
At the age of nineteen, Zachary became involved in another area of theater, Musical Theater.
Children’s singer and fellow performer, Pam Flood, noticed Zachary’s unusually fine voice
(Zachary would often sing backstage as a way of relieving nerves). She insisted that he audition for an upcoming community theater production of “The King and I”. After being cast in the show and hearing the many fine singers in the ensemble, Zachary was inspired to begin voice lessons with vocal instructor Ann Mills. This led not only to many more musical theater roles, but also to his study of classical vocal technique and opera. Zachary began participating in vocal concerts, singing church oratorio roles, and entering classical vocal competitions. During this time he also appeared in several Shakespearean plays at the Maine Shakespeare Festival. At the same time he performed a pre-show juggling act before each show at the festival. His performances there led to another role with the Penobscot Theater’s “The Merchant of Venice”, a traveling educational production that toured Maine middle schools, high schools and colleges . While on tour, Zachary also served as an instructor for the theater workshops that many of the schools participated in.
Zachary’s current show is a reflection of his thirty years of theatrical experience. Each show is a unique, custom-designed performance. Juggling, balancing, unicycling, slack-wire, mime, comedy, story-telling, and balloon-sculpting skills are blended together into a show filled with a variety of skill, humor and just plain fun! Whether strolling along a slack-wire, juggling flaming torches or incorporating a surprised volunteer into the act , Zachary creates a show filled with fun and a little bit of magic!