Josh Zacher is a Jewish American dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana where he was valedictorian of Canterbury High School, Josh is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City where he received his BFA in Drama with Honors. Josh is also a graduate of both the Summer Dance Institute at the University of Michigan and Broadway Dance Center's Summer Professional Semester where he had his choreography featured in the BDC SPS Showcase at Symphony Space.
Josh - The Performer
As a performer, Josh served as a Dance Captain and appeared in the ensemble of the 1st National Tour of The Prom. He also played Larry in the National/International Tour of A Chorus Line (Direction/Choreography by Tony Award Winner Baayork Lee) and was part of the world premiere cast of The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical. Regionally, Josh has performed at The Kennedy Center, North Shore Music Theatre (The Music Man, Young Frankenstein), Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, The Ordway (West Side Story), Kansas City Starlight, The REV Theatre Co. (Footloose), Theatre By The Sea (Newsies, The Wizard of Oz), The Sharon Playhouse (Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid) Westchester Broadway (Newsies), and The Wagon Wheel Center for the Performing Arts. Josh has also performed in Times Square, The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. On film, Josh can be seen on Dance Moms, TRL (the reboot), Live! With Kelly/Ryan, various music videos, and in the independent film "Interabled." Josh is a founding company member of American Musical Theatre Dance Company under the artistic direction of Bob Richard and Diane Laurenson. The company debuted its first performance in Beijing, China. Josh is a member of Actor's Equity Association.
Josh - The Teacher and Choreographer
In New York City, Josh is guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center. He is also a teaching artist for New York City Center and Ballet Tech, NYC's Public School for Dance. Josh is a college dance audition coach for MTCA, a teacher for Broadway Plus, and a faculty member at Applause NYC. Josh has served as a guest faculty and choreographer for NYU Tisch, Emerson College, The Master's School, The Florida Thespian Festival, and Koin & Co. Josh is also a proud member of Man in Motion and has assisted works for Broadway choreographer Josh Prince at Dance Lab New York. Josh has also worked in various dance studios in both the tri-state area and serves as an adjudicator nationwide for various dance competitions and conventions.
Josh is incredibly grateful for the many amazing people and opportunities in his life.
There is always a new discovery to be made, so there is always motivation to dance.
Dance occupies a very prominent place in my soul; a guttural, powerful, invincible place that defines who I am as both an artist and a member of society.
I believe that open mindedness is what makes my life fulfilling. As a boy from Indiana who found himself through dance, I believe that it is not what I achieve in my life that matters, but rather what I learn every day from the incredible world around me.
I am also inspired by the people around me and by the fact that dance is an ancient and perpetually evolving art form that I can continue to explore for life.
Choreographic inspiration comes most prominently from experiences or memories that leave a deep-seated affect on me. Anything from a peculiar glance on the train to a great novel, to the confusing truths I face each day.