Trailer conceived and produced by Claudia Orellana
Trailer conceived and produced by Claudia Orellana

Zack Bonnie Bios in Several Flavors

Tweetable Bio (137 characters)

Zack Bonnie tells the true story of the teen facility in Northern Idaho where he lived from age 14 to 16. Orange Is the New Black in the remote Rockies. With teenagers.

Short Bio (36 words)

Zack Bonnie, author of Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, lives in the mountains of Central Virginia. He frequently acts, hikes, and plays poker – when not strapped to a keyboard. Visit zackbonnie.com and deadinsaneorinjail.com

Medium Bio (108 words)

Zack Bonnie, author of Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, lives outside Charlottesville, Virginia. As a child, he was a daredevil who loved soccer. By age fourteen, life had become tumultuous at home and at school; his sudden entrance to a behavior modification facility in Idaho changed the trajectory of his life forever. With his first book, Zack takes readers into the inner workings of the facility, and their impact on his hyperstimulated young mind. He frequently acts, hikes, and plays poker when not strapped to a keyboard. Visit zackbonnie.com and deadinsaneorinjail.com

Long Bio (558 words)

Zack Bonnie, author of Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, lives in Central Virginia. As a child in Charlottesville, VA, he was a daredevil who loved soccer. By age fourteen, life had become tumultuous at home and at school; his sudden entrance to a behavior modification facility in Idaho changed the trajectory of his life forever. After “graduating” from Rocky Mountain Academy, Zack returned to high school, and eventually scraped his way into Bard College, on the strength of his writing abilities and Bard’s generous entrance standards. Although the classroom environment had never called to him, the nearby Bard Theater beckoned Zack to a future in the theater.

He earned a BA in Drama at Bard, attended the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia, then studied at the Universitat de Barcelona, and earned a Certificate of Completion at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the oldest drama school in the UK.

After college, Zack moved to Spain temporarily, continuing informal studies in the theater community there, even meeting the playwright Edward Albee and his English counterpart, Harold Pinter.

Zack spent most of his 20s in New York, pursuing his dream to become a stage actor. His first theatrical role in New York, in Joanna Chan’s The Story of Yu-Huan, was delivered entirely in Ancient Mandarin at the Theater for the New City. He also performed in productions at the Flea Theater, La Mama ETC, and the Bank Street Theatre. He also appeared in film (directors include Whit Stillman and Penny Marshall), television (in Spain and US, including Law & Order and Law & Order SVU), and theater in Barcelona, and Charlottesville, VA).

Zack produced and directed plays in Off-Off-Broadway theaters in New York, including The Family Productions and the Williamsburg Film Festival, and served as the Live Arts Director for an international artists collective cooperative in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To support his life in New York, he worked at restaurants, security firms, and legal offices, and took side jobs as costumed characters at conventions and children’s parties. He then began traveling with his longtime companion, Rebecca Danis, and became an Appalachian Trail through-hiker.

In late 2002 he headed back to his home state of Virginia to begin a new chapter of life. Unfortunately, chance alters even the loosest of plans. A car accident eight years later interrupted everything, when a vehicle hit him in a crosswalk and put Zack in the hospital. A court ruled in his favor – despite his dreadlocks – and while Zack recovered from head-to-toe injuries, he drafted a book about his time in Idaho as a young teen. Now all healed, Zack is taking on the world of the Troubled Teen Industry.

In this, his first book, Zack takes readers into the inner workings of the facility where he lived, and the impact the school had on his hyperstimulated young mind. incarceration at age fourteen at a school for troubled teens in Northern Idaho, Zack has crafted a fast-moving, plot-driven memoir, with vivid characters and telling details, where even simple English words take on sinister meanings.

With the publication of his book, Zack Bonnie is becoming an advocate for change in the Troubled Teen industry, and hopes to help kids and their families find alternatives to facilities like the one he describes in his memoir.

Visit zackbonnie.com and deadinsaneorinjail.com

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Dead, Insane, or in Jail – The Book

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Sample Book Chapter

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Speaker and Advocate

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