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Elissa Adams

Job Title: Director of New Play Development
Organization affiliation:

Children's Theatre Company

Location: Minneapolis, MN

MFA in Theatre
UC San Diego


Elissa Adams is the Director of New Play Development at The Children’s Theatre Company. Since 1998, she has overseen the commissioning and development of more than fifty new works by playwrights including Nilo Cruz, Philip Dawkins, Melissa James Gibson, Naomi Iizuka and Taylor Mac. Prior to her position at CTC, she served as Literary Manager at La Jolla Playhouse and Director of Playwright Services at The Playwrights’ Center. She is an Artistic Associate at Theatre Latte Da, a frequent guest dramaturg at the Sundance Theatre Lab and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UC San Diego.

Areas of Expertise:

new play development; theatre for young audiences; developing new musicals; immersive theatre; theatre for teens

Recent Work:

Commissioned and developed: Dr Seuss' The Sneetches a new musical by Philip Dawkins and David Mallamud; The Abominables a new musical by Michael Freidman and Steve Cosson; The Last Firefly by Naomi Iizuka; The Fre by Taylor Mac

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