Adam Pelty is currently associate professor of Musical Theatre at Coastal Carolina University. Most recently, he directed Million Dollar Quartet for the Argyle Theatre, and served as director of Barrington Stage Company's Musical Theatre Conservatory in the Massachusetts Berkshires in summer of 2018.
Mr. Pelty created the original choreography for The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway. He served as resident choreographer for the Broadway National Tour of Billy Elliot - The Musical, and has since directed and staged several regional productions, for the historic Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine (IRNE award for choreography) and the Fulton Theatre in Pennsylvania (Broadway World Award), among others. As an actor, Mr. Pelty has been seen on Broadway in Cyrano - The Musical, Steel Pier, A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Titanic.
Mr. Pelty was Director of High School Musical Theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and has served on the faculties of Ithaca College, AMDA, and NYU. In 2005, he founded Moveable Arts, a unique education company established in the Broadway community.
Adam Pelty has been a professional in the performing arts since his childhood in Chicago. He performed jingles for national television and radio commercials; acted in feature films; landed lead roles in stage plays and ballets. Between the ages of five and twelve, he distinguished himself as a voice over artist of note, singing in hundreds of national ad campaigns. The son of Chicago celebrity Lee Pelty, Adam appeared in his fathers nightclub act throughout the 70s and 80s, while studying and performing as a featured soloist with Ruth Page's Chicago Ballet. He was formally trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and United States International University in San Diego and London. He also attended Purdue University, touring internationally as a soloist with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club.
In a 30-plus year performing career he has been fortunate to work with such greats as Susan Stroman, Andy Blankenbuehler, Frank Galati, Ann Reinking, Terrence McNally, Chita Rivera, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Frank Wildhorn and Mike Ockrent, to name a few. In addition to his many projects in the Broadway community, Mr. Pelty has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson awards in Chicago for acting - for The Drowsy Chaperone (Marriott, 2010) and Putting It Together (Porchlight, 2012). He was featured as Santa in the pre-Broadway national tour of A Christmas Story, and directed the critically acclaimed Tick Tick Boom for Porchlight Music Theatre. Adam currently spends the academic year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with his wife, Hillary.