Faculty Profile for Cassandra Ann Abate

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Cassandra Ann Abate
Associate Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 205
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Cassie Abate is a Co-Head of the Musical Theatre Program. Cassie originally hails from Sarasota, FL and has spent the last 15 years working as a performer, director and choreographer in New York and throughout the country. Cassie received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Miami and an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Other training includes Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project and Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor in New York City. Cassie was an adjunct professor in the Musical Theatre Program at Montclair State University as well as a Graduate Student Instructor at San Diego State University where she taught dance at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research Interests

Texas State choreography and directing credits include A Chorus Line, Seussical, Legally Blonde, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Urinetown, and Rent. For her work at Texas State, Cassie is a four-time winner of the Austin Critics Table Award as well as the Broadway World Award for Best Choreography. As a performer, favorite credits include the National Tour of Urban Cowboy, 42nd Street at North Shore Music Theatre, My Fair Lady at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre starring Terrence Mann, Lady Be Good at Surflight Theatre, West Side Story and Peter Pan at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pirates of Penzance, Singin’ in the Rain, The Boyfriend, and Little Women. Cassie is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Associate Member). www.cassieabate.com

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Abate, C. A. (n.d.). The Art and Practice of Musical Theatre Choreography. Bloomsbury - Methuen Drama.
  • Choreographer, HAIR. October 2021 - November 2021.
  • Choreographer, Comedy of Errors. June 2021 - July 2021.
  • Director/Choreographer, Pirates of Penzance. July 15, 2020 - July 2, 2021.
    Performances:
    • July 15, 2020 - July 2, 2021 Utah Shakespeare Festival.
  • Participant - interviewed, The Joy is in the Work: Remembering Ann Reinking. May 17, 2021.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Best Choreography for La Cage Aux Folles, Syracuse Area Live Theatre Awards. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Musical of the Year - La Cage Aux Folles, Syracuse Area Live Theatre Awards. 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Best Choreography, Broadway World Connecticut. December 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Best Choreography, Broadway World Connecticut. December 2016

Selected Service Activities

Chair
Search Committee for Lecturer in Musical Theatre Dance
October 2021-Present
Coordinator / Organizer
Co-Founder of Educators for Equity in Theatre Arts Initiative
August 2020-Present
Co-Head
Musical Theatre Program
June 2020-Present
Member
Department Mental Wellness Committee
September 2019-Present
Member
Departmental Curriculum Committee
August 2019-Present