Meet our Gala Emcee: Adam Crescenzi

Adam Crescenzi is a director, published playwright, and one of our teaching artists, who has been making theatre with young people in New York City Pubic Schools for over fifteen years. This week, he will serve as the emcee of our 38th Annual Gala!

And he’s from Queens, too!

“I was certainly surprised and definitely delighted when Ellen Kodadek offered me the opportunity to emcee, I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting event,” Adam said.

“Whether the program is musical theater with Junior High School students, Shakespeare with English Language Learners, or crafting new works in collaboration with young audiences, Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Adam Crescenzi is our renaissance man of theater arts in education,” says Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Flushing Town Hall’s Director of Education and Public Programs. “We are thrilled to have his wit and warmth on stage with us anytime!”

In addition to historic New York City Center, Adam currently works for Theatre Development Fund, Theatre for a New Audience, and Public School 3, where he’s an Artist-in-Residence.

Adam has made theatre around the globe with likes of renowned Shakespearean interpreter Cicely Berry, the Upstate Theatre Company in Ireland, and the late Nobel Peace Prize nominee Augusto Boal at the Centro de Teatro de Oprimido in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He assistant directed the Off-Broadway premire of Morris Panych’s Vigil (directed by Stephen DiMenna) and the world premiere of Rick Elice’s Dog and Pony for New York Stage and Film (directed by Roger Rees).

In 2013, he was a panelist for the Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation Panel Event, “The Nature of Creativity”. He recently facilitated workshops entitled “Emerging Playwrights in the Elementary Classroom” for the NYC Department of Education’s Theatre Professional Development Seminar.

He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vassar College, where his senior thesis served as the inaugural production in the newly-minted Streep Studio, running for a record-setting number of performances. Adam is originally from Milford, Massachusetts.

If you haven’t already gotten a ticket, there’s still time. Visit us here for details.

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