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Across his substantial career in the arts, author Adam Cates has worked in a variety of entertainment and educational mediums first as a dancer, actor/singer, dance captain, swing/understudy, and then casting associate, choreographer, director, educator, and writer.
On Broadway, Cates is the associate choreographer for the Ahrens & Flaherty musical Anastasia. His credits include the Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Anything Goes, several national tours, network television series, grand and chamber operas, symphony concerts at Lincoln Center, off-Broadway plays, casino and cruise line entertainment, and Equity regional theater across the U.S. In addition to assisting Tony-winning directors Tommy Tune, Kathleen Marshall, and Darko Tresnjak, Cates has worked with a variety of talented stage & screen performers and writers. His production of The World According to Snoopy (choreographer/co-book writer) premiered at Theatre Under the Stars (Houston) and Theatre Aspen with preparations to launch a US National Tour. Cates has memberships in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), and The Dramatists Guild.
As a dance and theater educator, Cates has worked with a wide range of students from all over the world. He is adjunct faculty at Pace University and Marymount Manhattan College and has been invited by institutions such as The Juilliard School, New York University, University of California-Irvine, Texas State University, The Hartt School, Baldwin Wallace University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Texas Educational Theater Association, Ithaca College, North Carolina School of the Arts, and others to lecture, create orginal concert pieces, and direct and choreograph full scale musicals and operas. In New York City, Cates can be found teaching at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. He has also taught in Toronto, Barcelona, and in cities across the United States.
Cates has written pieces for Inside Dance magazine and online theatre blogs; been a guest on industry podcasts; and created the Audition Journal App. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in theatre from the University of Utah and continued his training with scholarships to professional studios in Los Angeles and New York. His hometown Reno, Nevada declared it "Adam Cates Day" on November 24, 2014 in recognition of his local and national contributions to the arts.