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"a viscerally overwhelming performance of an intimate work... That these college-aged singers throw themselves into it with such uninhibited emotion and physicality makes this spare, modern-dress production unsettlingly immediate."

The New York Times

The Rape of Lucretia, Juilliard Opera

"Technical becomes magical when Cates has them sing and dance."

Anchorage Press

Maria de Buenos Aires, Anchorage Opera

"There was wonderful, playful choreography by Adam Cates that was rather thrilling."

Front Row Center

Jeeves & Wooster, Hartford Stage

"Choreographed immaculately by Adam Cates...this sequence was a masterful display of total theater."

Opera Wire

Halka, Bard Music Festival

"Adam Cates' choreography was pointed and psychologically acute."

Gay City News

Eugene Onegin, Juilliard Opera


Adam Cates has built a career in the entertainment field as a director, choreographer, playwright, producer, author, creative consultant, and arts educator. He is currently Director of Community Engagement for the historic PIONEER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, northern Nevada's premier nonprofit performing arts center. In this role, Adam oversees educational programming, development, Broadway marketing, and in-house producing. He previously called New York City home for 20 years.

Adam is the author of THE BUSINESS OF SHOW, a best-selling guidebook for young performers in pursuit of careers. He co-conceived, choreographed, and co-wrote the libretto for THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY in collaboration with Larry Grossman, Andrew Lippa, Kaitlin Hopkins, and The Peanuts Worldwide. Since premiering in 2017 at Theater Under the Stars in Houston, the show is available for worldwide license from Concord Theatricals.


Theatre choreography credits include the American premiere of JEEVES & WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE (Hartford Stage),

LA BOHEME (The Santa Fe Opera), Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Music Theatre Wichita), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Syracuse Stage),

MY FAIR LADY (Gulfshore Playhouse), THE MAGIC FLUTE (Juilliard Opera), and several fully-staged concerts at LINCOLN CENTER.    

On Broadway, Adam associate choreographed ANASTASIA and the Tony-winning "Best New Musical" A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER. He assisted Kathleen Marshall on the Tony-winning ANYTHING GOES, and Tommy Tune & Patti Colombo on the national tour of DOCTOR DOLITTLE. He associate directed national tours of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE... and THE WIZARD OF OZ, and associate choreographed television episodes of 90210 and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER.

In New York, Adam taught at PACE UNIVERSITY, BROADWAY DANCE CENTER, STEPS, ROSIE O'DONNELL'S THEATER KIDS/PPAS, MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE, and THE GROWING STUDIO. He is a founding faculty member of the COMMERCIAL DANCE INTENSIVE and DANCERS INC. conventions. Adam has conducted classes, workshops, and lectures as a guest artist across the United States, Canada, Spain, and Bermuda, including theatre and dance programs at NYU, Ithaca College, Texas State University, Baldwin-Wallace University, TAPS-Las Vegas, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Nevada-Reno, University of California-Irvine, The Hartt School, Met Opera Lindemann Young Artists, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, The MUNY Kids, Broadway Artists Alliance, The Rock School, UNCSA Summer Program, and various Regional Dance America festivals, among others.


Adam holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts/Performance Creation from Goddard College and a BA in Theatre from the University of Utah. His hometown, Reno, Nevada, proclaimed November 24th, 2014 "Adam Cates Day" in honor of his contribution to the arts.

"The creativity of Adam Cates' choreography and the energy the cast brings to the movement are contagious. It's impossible to sit still in your seat with that kind of rocking explosion in front of you."

The Fairfield Ledger

Hair, Stephen Sondheim Center

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