Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Zachary moved to New York City when he was 16 to train at the School of American Ballet where he was a recipient of the Rudolph Nureyev Scholarship in 2013 and was SAB's nominee for the Princess Grace Award in 2012. Three seasons with Los Angeles Ballet brought Mr. Guthier out west, joining California Ballet Company as Soloist in 2017, with a promotion to Principal Dancer in the 2018-19 season. In his career, Zachary has had the pleasure of performing a number of Balanchine works such as Stars and Stripes, Divertimento No. 15, and Rubies, as well as a number of classical ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Don Quixote. He has also had the pleasure of working on several contemporary works such as Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze, and Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. A participant in the National Choreographers Initiative for the past two years, Mr. Guthier enjoys additional stage time as a dancer with Barak Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and other various groups around the country.



If even only one person leaves the theater wishing to pursue the joy of dance, my job is a success
— Zachary Guthier | Principal

When I’m not dancing I enjoy…
Hiking and definitely painting as a hobby in my spare time. 

What is the hardest part about being a dancer?
The physical toll it has on your body.

If I weren’t a dancer…
I would probably pursue something in Archeology. I also enjoyed history the most growing up. 

I love San Diego because…
You cannot beat this beautiful weather!