Zacharee Simms (he/they) is a Seattle based director, intimacy choreographer, devisor, and actor. He specializes in new work development, pieces that revolve around trauma, mental illness, and staging healing, challenging, loud stories that elevate LGBTQIA+ voices. He most recently acted as administrative assistant for the 2020 Kennedy Center directing intensive. Select projects include SLOW JAM by Caity-Shea Violette (The Kennedy Center), BETTER DAYS: A DEVISED MOVEMENT PIECE (Western Washington University), and THE MEMORY OF WATER by Shelagh Stephenson (Student Theater Productions)
Zacharee will soon be joining the National Theater Institute's advanced directing program in Fall of 2021.
His accomplishments include being chosen as a Summer 2019 Kennedy Center directing fellow, assistant directing and being mentored by Wooly Mammoth Theater Company's founder, Howard Shalwitz on Ali Viterbi's play In Every Generation. Zacharee also assisted under directors Jesca Prudencio, Lizanne Schaber, Kayla Adams and New York City Devising Company Blessed Unrest's Jessica Burr.
He graduated with a BA in Theatre directing and acting from Western Washington University where he was mentored by faculty Mark Kuntz, Rich Brown, Dr. Deb Currier, Evan Mueller, Lambriny Hedge, and Beth Leonard.
He is an associate member of the SDC and studied intimacy direction from Theatrical Intimacy Education and Oregon Shakespeare Festival's resident intimacy director, Sarah Lozoff.
When not locked in a dank, dark theater, you can find him attempting to bake fluffy cakes!