Adam Cates - Choreographer

Adam Cates was the asst. choreographer for the Broadway musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.  Adam assisted Tony-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway revival of Anything Goes and the City Center Re-Opening Gala.   He was the assistant choreographer and swing for the National tour of Doctor Dolittle directed by and starring Tommy Tune.  Other credits include Babes In Toyland and Hansel & Gretel (Lincoln Center), 90210 (CW network), Live From Lincoln Center (PBS), The Wizard of Oz (national tour), Antony & Cleopatra (TFANA) and regional theaters including Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Kansas City Starlight, Peterborough Players, The Sondheim Center/WOB, and casino and cruise ship productions.  Adam is on faculty for the performing arts high school at Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids in New York and is a director for the national dance competition/convention tour Dancers Inc. 


Facts and Tips

Best advice you were ever given about the business.

Once you are doing a job, it’s all about the next job, meaning do your work to the absolute best of your ability every day but also be the type of colleague whom those involved cannot wait to work with again.


Best advice you want to give to an actor.

Learn to handle rejection in a healthy way.  Getting cut is not a reflection on your talent, right to be there, or personal judgment.  Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re not.  It’s a business.  Don’t be angry or bitter towards the person who did book the job—everyone needs work.  No one booked the job just to spite you.  Just keep working hard and stay in the game.  Eventually, you will be right!!


Favorite inspirational quote pertaining to life and this business we all love.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Anonymous