David Zak has long been a force in Chicago theater, especially in bringing plays with LGBT themes to the stage. He was artistic director of Bailiwick Repertory, which produced many LBGT-inclusive plays in its Pride Series, and is now executive director of Pride Films and Plays. He has won several awards for direction, a trade he has plied in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, London, Dublin, and Seoul, South Korea, in addition to Chicago. He directed and/or produced the Chicago premieres of such plays as Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey, Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Del Shores’s Southern Baptist Sissies. Other directorial efforts include At the Flash, which tells LGBT history through vignettes at a fictional bar, and Under a Rainbow Flag, based on the true experiences of a gay soldier in World War II.