Che'Rae Adams is the Producing Artistic Director of the LA Writers Center. She has also been the Director of Programming for the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, Development Executive for Playhouse Pictures Studios, Co-Artistic Director of the Road Theatre Company and Managing Producer for the LA Women’s Theatre Festival.
She began her career as the Assistant to the Staff Producer at the Mark Taper Forum where she worked on the writing workshop of the Pulitzer Prize winning Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika. She also coordinated the Taper Lab Series and Mentor Playwright's Series working with writers such as Luis Alfaro, Anthony Clarvoe, Marlane Meyer, David Lee Lindsey, Oliver Mayer, Ellen McLaughlin, Alice Tuan and Mac Wellman. She has a Masters Degree in directing from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where her thesis production of Amadeus was nominated for "Best Production of the Year" by the Cincinnati Enquirer. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Northridge.
Adams has directed/dramaturged the West Coast premiere productions of several new plays including pieces by Lee Blessing, Ken Hanes, Patricia Cardosa, John DiFusco, Jon Bastian and Abi Morgan. She has also directed/dramaturged for Cincinnati Opera Outreach, Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, Highways Performance Space and Troupe Vertigo at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater. She has worked with prominent performers such as Tonya Pinkins, Lynn Redgrave, Patti Cohenour, Kim Fields, Ser Anzoategui and Carlos Alazraqui. She has worked with award-winning directors and choreographers such as Vincent Paterson, Tom Hulce, Bonnie Story, Kitty McNamee and Tina Kronis.
Adams has taught acting and writing workshops at various institutions around the country such as Hussian College, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Catholic University, Miami Dade University, California State University, Fullerton, UCLA Extension and Azusa Pacific University. She has also served on panels for Hollins University, the New Playwright’s Festival at the College of the Desert and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Adams is a published author and the recipient of a Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership award, has been on the Steering Committee of the Directors Lab, West for over a decade and is an award-nominated and critically acclaimed theater director.