DIRECTOR: (Selected): House of Joy (New York Stage and Film/Juilliard), Blood Special (Playwrights Horizons Guest Curator Series), Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us (Keen Company), Lippa's Wild Party (Yale University Theatre), WHERE HAVE YOU GONE. and The Maids (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill (Soho Rep Lab), Spring Awakening (Sarah Lawrence), and SUMMER&SMOKE (ACCESS). RESIDENT DIRECTOR: Hamilton: An American Musical. ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT: Six Degrees of Separation (Broadway) and The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown) with Trip Cullman, Ripcord (Manhattan Theatre Club) and It Shoulda Been You! (Broadway) with David Hyde Pierce, Pete the Cat with Dan Knechtges, The Boy who Danced on Air with Tony Speciale at The Abingdon, and Uncle Vanya with Hal Brooks at The Pearl. UPCOMING: Directing Red Speedo at Juilliard and Les Misérables at Pace. Proud alum: Drama League Directors Project, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab (Year 18), Drama League Artist Residency Program, Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship, Williamstown Directing Corps, and Drama League Rough Draft. Graduate of NYU/Tisch/CAP-21.
Zi was raised in suburban Northern California by two Indian immigrants. After two years studying Sociology at UC Berkeley, he transferred to NYU to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at the Tisch School of the Arts. It was at NYU that Zi first learned that theatre wasn't more than tap dancing on a boat, that it could be a change agent and social galvanizer. At NYU, Zi developed a love for documentary plays, queer theatre, new play development, and re-interpreting classic texts through contemporary social lenses. Soon after graduation, Zi founded The BASiC Theatre Project, an NYC-based performance collective dedicated to creating socially aware performance for the millennial generation, and served as the company's Artistic Director for five years. Zi has been recognized for his work as a director by some of the industry's leading institutions, most notably being named a Drama League Directing Fellow (Hangar Theatre Residency, Class of 2014), a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab (Year 18) and Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps (2016), a Drama League Artist in Residence (THE GRIND., 2015), a Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow (2015), and being granted an observership with the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), assisting Tony-nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge on a world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. Zi's head is currently filled with creating a documentary play about civilian life in North Korea, turning Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Big Four' into an outdoor rotating-rep public engagement event, and developing a new project that analyzes the story of Harvey Milk and Dan White through Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Zi resides in West Harlem.