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. In New York City, Josh has choreographed for and performed with various dance and theater companies including ALMA NYC, Inside Broadway, Man in Motion, American Creative Dance, Mitra Dance Collective, Concrete Theater Temple, and NYU's Pulse Dance Project. He has also performed in Times Square, The Kennedy Center, The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Josh has served as a teaching and audition assistant at Ballet Tech in Manhattan and as a guest artist for Man in Motion! and has assisted works for Broadway choreographer Josh Prince at Dance Lab New York. As a performer, Josh appeared in the 1st National Tour of The Prom (as well as the Asst. Dance Capt.), as Larry in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and in the world premiere cast of The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical. Regionally, Josh has performed at North Shore Music Theatre, The REV Theatre Company, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Westchester Broadway, Theatre by the Sea, The Wagon Wheel Center for the Performing Arts, and The Sharon Playhouse. 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 has choreographed music videos for recording artist Nic Hanson and is the founder of "Shall We Dance Call" through the Tisch Department of Drama's Career Development office. Nationally, Josh served as the associate choreographer for YA4Ever's production of Spring Awakening at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, California, a guest artist at Score! - a creative musical workshop for young theater artists at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, IN, and has worked as a guest teacher and choreographer for various high schools and dance companies across the country. 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 in January 2017. 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.