José Zayas (Director) was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities. He is co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Immediate Theater Company. Zayas has held residencies at numerous theaters including Repertorio Espanol, the Ensemble Studio Theater and INTAR, where he served as co-producer of the 2006 New Works Theater. In 2007 he was selected as one of nytheater.com’s People of the Year. He is also a Drama League Fellow and an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director's Lab and Soho Rep Writer/Director's Lab and has received numerous fellowships including the Phil Killian, Kenneth Frankel, John Pasquin and Van Lier. He is a current participant of the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.
His credits include: Caridad Svich's In the Time of the Butterflies (Repertorio Espanol) and The House of the Spirits (Denver, 5 Ovation awards including best direction; Repertorio Espanol multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including best production and director; Teatro Mori, Chile), Madre, el drama padre, (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol), Nowhere on the Border (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol), Letters to a Mother (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol), Father of Lies (PS122), MilkMilkLemonade By Joshu Conkel (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Feeder: A Love Story by JD Carter (TerraNOVA Collective), Babes in Toyland (Ice Factory), Southern Promises by Thomas Bradshaw (PS122), Ghost Light by Desi Moreno-Penson (59e59), Lies I Wish I'd Told You... by Mallery Avidon (Dixon Place), Are Women Human? by Nanna Mwaluko (Fresh Fruit Festival), Okay by Taylor Mac (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Vengeance Can Wait by Yukiko Motoya (PS122), The Strangest (HERE) and Again and Against by Betty Shamieh (The Lark), The Past Is Not a Foreign Country (Very) Personal Maps of Seattle by Mallery Avidon (Soho Rep), The Wasps and Tecmessa by Ken Urban (Target Margin), Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist by Thomas Bradshaw (Brick Theater, 4 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations), Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson (Summer Play Festival/Cherry Lane Theatre), Crowns by Regina Taylor (Virginia Stage Company).
His credits as Assistant Director include Talk Radio directed by Robert Falls and starring Liev Schreiber; Regrets Only directed by Christopher Ashley; Come Back Little Sheba directed by Michael Pressman.