Zi is thrilled to be directing the New York premiere of Charlie Osborne and Leo Hurley's The Body Politic as part of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. More info to come!
Rehearsals are officially underway for the New York premiere of Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne's The Boy Who Danced on Air at The Abingdon Theatre Company, where Zi will be associate directing under Abingdon Artistic Director, Tony Speciale. The show opens at the end of May.
Zi is so excited to begin rehearsals for the Broadway revival of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, starring Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins, and John Benjamin Hickey, where he will be assistant directing under Trip Cullman. Performances begin April 5 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Zi began directing the premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat's Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us for Keen Company's Keen Teen's series, which will have its world premiere at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in May. The play, about a club for Tilda Swinton super fans debating the future life of their organization in the wake of Tilda and Margaret Cho's exchanges surrounding Swinton's controversial casting in Marvel's Doctor Strange, stars ten NYC high school students from all five boroughs and Long Island.
Zi began rehearsal for Spring Awakening at Sarah Lawrence College, their first mainstage production of the year, running in The Wright Theatre the first week of March. Drawing inspiration from Gregory Crewdson photographs, greenhouses, 19th-century daguerreotypes and posthumous portraiture, Quaker meetings, and the 1950's and 1970's in the midwest, this promises to be a fresh take on already vibrant material.
Zi has sent off another tour of Pete the Cat for TheatreworksUSA!
Zi returned to The Drama League to start work on SWEET, an adaptation of the 1966 classic, Sweet Charity, as part of the Rough Draft Residency. In SWEET, Zi is using the text of Charity to explore the lives of trans sex workers living and working in contemporary New York City. The residency was music directed by Rodney Bush and featured Juan Torres-Falcon.
After returning from New Haven and The Wild Party, Zi had the opportunity to direct the first workshop of Keelay Gipson's MARY/STUART, a contemporary 'radical queering' of Friedrich Schiller's 19th-century drama. The event was produced by Lambda Literary and Belladonna as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival.
Zi couldn't be more excited to be directing a production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party with the Yale Dramatic Association in November 2016. The production will take place in the 400-seat University Theatre, and will feature a drastic new take on the material. More information to come!
Zi is thrilled to be heading up to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts for the summer as a Directing Assistant. While at the festival, Zi will assist Trip Cullman on his revival of Tennesee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, starring Marisa Tomei, and direct a few projects of his own, including the premiere of Jacob Perkins' Where Have You Gone. He couldn't be more excited to jump into what promises to be an unforgettable summer.
After a seven month collaboration, Zi will direct a reading of Stephanie Del Rosso's incredible new play, Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill, as the culmination of their time in residence at the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. The reading will take place at 7p on Monday, May 9th, and is free and open to the public.
Zi is thrilled to be producing and directing the annual breakfast for the Eagle Academy Foundation on April 29th at Gotham Hall in New York City, honoring New York Life and Scholastic Books. This year's event will include a keynote speech by Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Zi is incredibly honored to be working on an event of this magnitude.
Zi is excited to jump back in the room at TheatreworksUSA, associate directing for Dan Knechtges on the mini-tour of their brand new musical, Pete the Cat, written by Will Aronson and Sarah Hammond.
In collaboration with The Mimes and Mummers, the oldest theatrical organization on campus, Zi directed a production of Craig Lucas' Stranger at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus.
Zi wrapped up his work at LIU Post, creating a newly imagined production of Michael John LaChiusa's BERNARDA ALBA, set in the midst of World War II in the Appalachian Trail of West Virginia. The production was choreographed by his longtime collaborator, Maddy Apple, and music directed by Clinton Sherwood.
Zi is thrilled to announce that he has been chosen to be a part of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Year 18. Mentored by Ken Rus Schmoll and Jenny Schwartz, Zi has been partnered with playwright Stephanie Del Rosso, who will write a play for the pair to develop and be presented in the spring. Stay tuned for more updates through the year.
Zi just opened Chiara Atik's 'Five Times in One Night' at Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts. Zi worked with the second year BFA and MFA actors on the play, part of the American Realism Project in their course of study. He had a blast and can't say enough good things about these actors and everybody at Rutgers.
Zi's fall just got significantly more hilarious, as he steps into the room as Assistant Director of Manhattan Theatre Club's premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's 'Ripcord'. Directed by David Hyde Pierce, the play follows two unmatched roommates in an assisted living facility (Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke) as they make a bet to find out who really is queen bee. 'Ripcord' starts previews September 29th and opens October 20th at City Center Stage 1.
In the winter of 2015, Zi will be taking on one of his all-time favorite pieces, Michael John LaChiusa's BERNARDA ALBA, on the Main Stage at Long Island University's Post Campus. More info to come.
Zi is ecstatic to pair up with TheatreworksUSA to direct both their Spring 2016 tour of 'Curious George: The Golden Meatball', originally directed by one of his mentors, the incomparable Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and their Spring 2016 tour of 'Skippyjon Jones: Snow What'. Not only is Zi honored to be working for a company that has brought theatre into the lives of 90 million children since 1961, he's thrilled to be returning to the company that gave him his first professional job right out of college.
BASiC's production of Tennessee William's 1948 classic, SUMMER&SMOKE, runs at The ACCESS Gallery from May 20-31, directed by Zi. Here's how BASiC describes the play:
Two souls spend their lives orbiting one another, trying desperately to break down the other's notions of love, the soul, and the body - only to learn that heartbreak is most often out of your control, and that growth can only come from collision and explosion.
Zi and playwright, Aurin Squire, concluded a staged workshop of Squire's latest piece, The Gospel According to Faggots, as part of his year-long residency at BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange). The pair began collaborating on the play in January.
Zi has jumped into the process of the brand new Broadway musical, It Shoulda Been You, assisting director David Hyde Pierce and associate Shelley Butler through the process of tech and previews. The show is a fun romp through a wedding gone haywire, and is composed by Zi's friend and former college instructor, Barbara Anselmi. It Shoulda Been You officially opens at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 14th.
Zi has just begun pre-production on BASiC's upcoming mounting of Tennessee Williams' SUMMER&SMOKE. The play goes up at The Access Gallery on Broadway/White in May 2015.
Zi has just been named a 2015 Artist in Residence through the Artist Residency Program at The Drama League. With the Drama League's support and guidance, Zi will continue to develop THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman through the first half of the year, culminating in a presentation of the play in June. Learn more about the program and the other artists in residence here.
Zi is currently directing the premiere of Aurin Squire's The Gospel According to Faggots, a retelling of The Bible through the contemporary colored queer perspective, at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Gowanus. Aurin is finishing his time in the playwriting program at Juilliard and met Zi through their collaboration at THE ONENESS PROJECT in November.
Zi will be directing a staged reading of August Strindberg's To Damascus at The Pearl Theatre Company on 42nd Street as a part of their 'Pick Your Poison' series, showing on November 23rd at 7p.
Zi, in collaboration with The BASiC Theatre Project, will be directing a developmental workshop of THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman in NYC, to be presented November 14 at CAP-21.
Zi directed the world premiere of Aurin Squire's (Ars Nova, Cherry Lane, The Juilliard School) Black Man in a Hoodie, an extended dream of race, bipartisan politics, and television, as part of THE ONENESS PROJECT, a night of new plays crying out for social justice, at NYC'S LOFT227.
Zi is finishing up the summer by Assistant Directing Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at The Pearl Theatre Company. Zi is assisting Pearl Artistic Director (and fellow Drama League Fellowship alum) Hal Brooks on the show, which starts previews September 9th and officially opens September 21st.
Zi is in Ithaca, NY at The Hangar Theatre, where he and the other three Drama League Directing Fellows spending the summer upstate are directing the theatre's Lab Company in the KIDDSTUFF and WEDGE series'. Zi will be directing Yo, Vikings!, written by his college buddy Sam Willmott and Marcus Stevens, and creating a new adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde entitled THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman, about the contemporary interaction between love, sex, technology, and the human body. Read more about the WEDGE season here.
Zi has been named a 2014 Drama League Directing Fellow, and will be in residence at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY for the summer.