zi alikhan: director.



  • The Flick//by Annie Baker//The Juilliard School, New York, NY 2020 (UPCOMING).

  • Ragtime//by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally//Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC 2019 (UPCOMING).

  • The Ramayan: Pt. 1, The Crown//by Nick Choksi//In Development, presentation at Ars Nova, New York, NY 2019.

  • Red Speedo//by Lucas Hnath//The Juilliard School, New York, NY 2019.

  • Good Person of Setzuan//by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Tony Kushner//NYU/Atlantic Theatre School, New York, NY 2019.

  • Les Misérables//by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer//Pace University, New York, NY 2018.

  • Blood Special//by Alex Lubischer//Playwrights Horizons (Guest Curator Series), New York, NY 2018.

  • Shabash!//Various Artiststs, hosted by Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena//LCT3, New York, NY 2018.

  • House of Joy//by Madhuri Shekar//New York Stage and Film, New York, NY, 2018 and The Juilliard School*, New York, NY, 2017.

  • The Other Instinct//by Sam Chanse//The Lark (P Week), New York, NY, 2017.

  • The Body Politic//by Charles Osborne and Leo Hurley//NYMF*, New York, NY, 2017

  • Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us//by A. Rey Pamatmat//Keen Company (Keen Teens)*, New York, NY, 2017.

  • Spring Awakening//by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik//Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 2017.

  • The Wild Party//by Andrew Lippa//Yale University Theatre, New Haven, CT, 2016.

  • THE MAIDS.//by Jean Genet//Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 2016.

  • Where Have You Gone//by Jacob Perkins//Williamstown Theatre Festival*, Williamstown, MA, 2016.

  • Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill//by Stephanie Del Rosso//Soho Rep (Lab)*, New York, NY, 2016.

  • Stranger//by Craig Lucas//Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 2016.

  • BERNARDA ALBA//by Michael John Lachiusa//Long Island University-Post Campus, Brookville, NY, 2016.

  • Skippyjon Jones: Snow What//by Kevin Del Aguila and Eli Bolin//Theatreworks USA (Originally directed by Kevin Del Aguila), Spring 2016 US Tour.

  • Curious George: The Golden Meatball//by Jeremy Desmon and John Kavanaugh//TheatreworksUSA (Originally directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Spring 2016 US Tour.

  • Five Times in One Night//by Chiara Atik//Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ, 2015.

  • Barrier Islands//by Lizzie Vieh//The Wild Project*, New York, NY, 2015.

  • SUMMER&SMOKE//by Tennessee Williams//The BASiC Theatre Project/ACCESS Gallery, New York, NY, 2015.

  • To Damascus//by August Strindberg//The Pearl Theatre Company (Pick Your Poison Series), New York, NY, 2014.

  • THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman//adapted from La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler with writings by N. Katherine Hayles, Sherry Turkle, and Maureen O'Connor//Hangar Theatre*, Ithaca, NY, 2014.

  • Yo, Vikings!//by Sam Willmott and Marcus Stevens//Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY, 2014.

  • The Gospel According to Faggots//by Aurin Squire//Brooklyn Arts Exchange*, Brooklyn, NY, 2015.

  • The Future Mrs. Harry Windsor//conceived and co-written with Marti Gould Cummings//Dixon Place*, New York, NY, 2014.

  • Black Man in a Hoodie//by Aurin Squire//The ONENESS Project/Loft227*, New York, NY 2014.

  • N/F//by Keelay Gipson//HERE Arts Center/DUTF*, New York, NY, 2013.

  • The Mistakes Madeline Made//by Elizabeth Meriwether//The BASiC Theatre Project/14th Street Y, New York, NY, 2013.

  • GROSS INDECENCY: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde//by Moisès Kaufman//The BASiC Theatre Project/Fifth Floor Theatre (2012), GayFestNYC/Abingdon Theatre (2013), New York, NY.

  • The Cradle Will Rock//by Marc Blitzstein//Tisch New Theatre/Atlas Theatre, later a co-production with the City of New York in Washington Square Park, New York, NY, 2010.

  • COMPANY//by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth//Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY, 2009.

  • Cabaret//by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff//UC Berkeley Cesar Chavez Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2007.



  • SOARING BEYOND: Eagle Academy Foundation Annual Breakfast (Event Producer and Talent Director), Gotham Hall, New York, NY, 2016. Keynote Speaker: Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Resident/Associate/ASSISTant director:

  • Hamilton: An American Musical//by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dir. Thomas Kail//Philip Tour (Resident Director), 2017-2019.

  • The Band’s Visit//by David Yazbeck and Itamar Moses, Dir. David Cromer//First National Tour (Associate Director), 2019.

  • Six Degrees of Separation//by John Guare//Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, NY (Director: Trip Cullman), 2017.

  • The Boy Who Danced on Air//by Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne//Abingdon Theatre Company, New York, NY (Director: Tony Speciale), 2017.

  • The Rose Tattoo//by Tennessee Williams//Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA (Director: Trip Cullman), 2016.

  • Ripcord//by David Lindsay-Abaire//Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center, New York, NY (Director: David Hyde Pierce), 2015.

  • It Shoulda Been You!//by Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi//The Brooks-Atkinson Theatre (Second Assistant), New York, NY (Director: David Hyde Pierce, Assoc. Director: Shelley Butler), 2015.

  • HUZZAH!//by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe//Williamstown Theatre Festival (Workshop), Williamstown, MA (Director: Marc Bruni), 2016.

  • Uncle Vanya//by Anton Chekhov//The Pearl Theatre Company, New York, NY (Director: Hal Brooks), 2014.

  • Pete the Cat//by Will Aronson and Sarah Hammond//TheatreworksUSA, New York, NY (Director: Dan Knechtges), 2016.

  • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man//by Matt Murphy//The 777, New York, NY (Director: Tim Drucker), 2014.

  • Under My Skin//by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser//Pasadena Playhouse (SDC Observership), Pasadena, CA (Director: Marcia Milgrom Dodge), 2012.


  • Sweet Charity//by Neil Simon, Dorothy Fields, and Cy Coleman//The Drama League Rough Draft, New York, NY 2016.

  • MARY/STUART//by Keelay Gipson, from Friedrich Schiller//Brooklyn Academy of Music/Lambda Literary/Belladonna, Brooklyn, NY 2016.

  • What I Tell You in the Dark//by Keelay Gipson//Wild Project, New York, NY 2016.

  • The Gospel According to Faggots//by Aurin Squire//Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY, 2015.

  • THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman//adapted from La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler with writings by N. Katherine Hayles, Sherry Turkle, and Maureen O'Connor//The BASiC Theatre Project (workshop), New York, NY, 2014.

  • In the Next Room (or, The Vibrator Play)//by Sarah Ruhl//The WORK: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, 2013.

  • Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE//by Bertolt Brecht//The BASiC Theatre Project LAB SERIES, New York, NY, 2013.

  • The Rock and The Ripe//by Mark Blane//The Araca Project, New York, NY, 2013.

  • A CRUCIBLE//Adapted from Arthur Miller//The BASiC Theatre Project LAB SERIES, New York, NY, 2013.


  • Men at Some Time are Masters of their Fates: Harvey Milk//Dan White//adapted from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea//devised from Barbara Demick//The BASiC Theatre Project (initial development at Hangar Theatre), 2014.


  • Pace University, BFA Musical Theatre program.


  • Drama League Directors Project Alum, Class of 2014 (Hangar Residency Program).

  • Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Year 18 (2015/2016).

  • 2015 Drama League Artist in Residence (THE GRIND. Or, How We Became Posthuman).

  • Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Assistant, 2016.

  • Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow, 2015.

  • SDC Observership Program 2012-2013 (Observer for Tony nominee, Marcia Milgrom Dodge at Pasadena Playhouse for the world premiere of Under My Skin).

  • Directing Mentor, Fordham University, Spring 2016/Fall 2016.

  • Directing Mentor, The New School for Drama (BFA), Spring 2016.


  • BFA with Honors in Drama, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (CAP-21/Viewpoints Studio)//Training with Mary Overlie, Kevin Kuhlke, Erin Ortman, Mana Allen, Chris Mills.

  • University of California, Berkeley (studied Sociology/Theatre and Performance Studies)

  • Additional Training: Tectonic Theatre Project, Craig Carnelia, Jen Waldman