Founder of CreateTheater, and Artistic Director of the Experts Theater Company 

I specialize in developing new plays and musicals and then putting them on stage.
Are you dreaming of getting your play produced?  We should talk.

CreateTheater Professional College Musical Theatre Partnership

CreateTheater and SUNY Cortland are proud to be partnering together to develop and produce new musicals.

2024 Residency: BY ANY OTHER NAME, book & lyrics by Deborah Laufer, music by Daniel Green

2023 Residency: IN EMILY’S WORDS, book, music & lyrics by Jessy Tomsko

2022 Residency: THE BONE HARP, book & lyrics by Laura Stratford, music by Heidi Jooten

The Experts Theater Company

Are you searching for an artistic home?

Many theater artists know the secret sauce in developing their work: finding a theater company that believes in them and supports them, with other talented artists for inspration and encouragement along the way.

I created the Experts Theater Company (ETC) to be that place.

CreateTheater is the community.  ETC is the place to get to work with other artists.


CreateTheater Founder Cate Cammarata TRU’s 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year

Off-Broadway producer-director-dramaturg Cate Cammarata was honored as TRU 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year on March 20 as part of the annual TRU Benefit Gala.

As the Founder of in 2016, formed to work dramaturgically with writers in the US and abroad, Ms. Cammarata launched the Monday Night Reading Series the first week of the lockdown in March 2020 to keep writers focused and developing their shows while theaters were closed. During the pandemic CreateTheater helped develop and/or produced more than 70 shows with online readings, workshops and dramaturgical guidance. It was for this previous work that she is being recognized by TRU.

“Cate’s Mastermind has been a powerful force in keeping me on track with my numerous projects and just generally encouraging me to believe in what I’ve chosen to do – produce, write, and support theater as a professional. 

Her meetings offer insight and advice from colleagues who are pursuing the same goals from different angles. Cate is organized, a smart and caring listener, and is able to sum up my sometimes rambling thoughts in a way that helps me stay accountable to my goals. 

I’m so glad I joined forces with her!”

Gayla Morgan

Off Broadway Producer and Award-Winning Musical Theater Composer/Lyricist

“Cate Cammarata’s Mastermind groups are the perfect blend of support, accountability, sage advice and authentic cheerleading. She leads quietly but with great certainty. I find myself reaching goals and going beyond. 

This group has been invaluable to my progress as a writer and as a creative.”

Delta Donohue

Playwright, Author, Poet and Professional Speaker

“Cate leads her Mastermind group with attentiveness and skill. Her observations are insightful and she asks the right questions, bringing everyone together to share constructive feedback. Each person gains clarity as well as new ideas, goals and ways to tackle problems.  

The evening always ends on an up-note, everyone energized, confident, ready and prepared to take on the world!”

Kari Floren

Playwright, Producer

“Casting and producing a play from Los Angeles was very challenging. Luckily the festival sent us a list of artists in all areas of production who had signed up as wanting to be a part of the festival. I took some serious time doing research on a few different directors and decided on Cate Cammarata, who literally saved my life.

She attended the auditions and has had constant communication with me about the process. With her guidance we were able to cast the play with a group of actors that I am very excited to see on stage telling this story. The rehearsal process thus far has been a lot of work, with myself and the director making sure that the story is solid and that we understand the vision. It’s been great, and I can’t wait to keep going.”

Kristy Thomas

Memories of the Game, SHE NYC Festival

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Cate Cammarata as a dramaturg on our original musical.

Cate is extremely thoughtful and thorough in her process and we were highly impressed and grateful for the amount of time and care she took in evaluating our work. Her astute questions about the script have lead us to a more defined story arc, featuring characters who are now properly fleshed out.  

The experience has made us realize that when you’re so close to the material it is sometimes difficult to see where problems exist. Bringing in an outside voice as insightful and experienced as Cate helped us discover where more chances should be taken and where clarification was needed. We left each session feeling confident and excited to dig further into the script to create the best show possible.”

Caryn Robbins

Book writer for Dear Prospective Student

“Cate Cammarata has the instincts of a Sherpa guide, leading you through the unchartered world of your play. She helps you to identify your world, unclutter it and strengthen the narrative so your characters can reach their summit. And she achieves this, as both a dramaturg and a director, using her deft interpersonal skills of nuance, persuasion, respect, reason and illustration.”

Barbara Kelly

Entanglement, Broadway Bound Theater Festival

Cate Cammarata provided insightful, detailed notes on my new, original, modern musical. Her mastery of classical drama enables her to reinforce foundational truths about theatre and story, all the while proffering notes and choices which easily reflect the attitudes of today’s audiences.

Highly recommended! Thank you, Cate!

Multi-Hyphenate Playwright and Producer

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