Christie Zhao

Theatre director, producer, interdisciplinary artist

Christie Zhao 赵元媛 (She/Her) is a theatre director, a producer and a interdisciplinary artist. She currently serves as the artistic director at Yun Theatre in Seattle. 

Her past full production directing credits include Young People Social Death Archive (2024), In Between, a Collection of Short Plays (2023), Caught (2023), Good Enemy (2023), 14/48 Festival, Two Goldfish (Who Become Heroes) (2022), Monologues of n Women (2022), and The Good Person of Szechwan (2021).  Additionally, she has worked in production management, stage management, light design, and sound design with Sound Theatre Company, SIS Productions, Shattered Glass Project, Swim Pony, School of Drama at the University of Washington, Dum-Canny Alley, and Fertile Ground Festival.

Growing up in a working-class family in an industrial city in China made her acutely aware of class dynamics and her family’s position in the social whole from a very young age. Discovering theater in college, she pursued a double degree in Computer Science and Drama. This unconventional combination merged technology with her creative soul.

Her aesthetic can be described as bold, socially conscious, and thought-provoking. She gravitates towards works that tackle complex social issues, explore identity and culture, and challenge conventional narratives. She values storytelling that sparks conversations, sheds light on underrepresented perspectives, and pushes boundaries. She is passionate about documentary theatre and new work development.

Upcoming

5/10/2024 – 6/2/2024

assistant directing

6/13-6/15

Directing

In Media

https://www.teentix.org/blog/examining-journalism-through-the-lens-of-director-christie-zhao

Work in Progress

Monologues of n Women: a documentary/devised theatre piece about Chinese women