Dana Zell Named Managing Director at Children’s Musical Theater

The current director of strategy for the theatre will move into the position in 2016.

SAN JOSE, CALIF.: Children’s Musical Theater (CMT) San Jose has announced Dana Zell as its new managing director. Zell will succeed Michael Miller, who has held the position since 2011 and will continue to remain involved in the company as it looks toward its 50th anniversary in 2018. The leadership transition will begin in 2016.

Dana Zell.
Dana Zell.

“Dana is a win for CMT,” said Miller in a statement. “She comes back to us after six years marketing the tour of Wicked. Dana has the education and strategic smarts with credentials as a performer, director, and most recently as a CMT parent.  After 14 months working together, I’m confident she will carry on the CMT legacy with strength and passion.”

Zell is currently the director of strategy at CMT, where she has served for the past 14 months. Originally from the Bay Area, she worked at Disney Theatrical Productions on productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and The Lion King. She also worked in various marketing positions at Roundabout Theatre Company and Vineyard Theatre, and supported the Broadway national tours of Hairspray and Contact. She also spent seven years representing two national tours of Wicked. She received a BA in communications from the University of California and an MFA in theatre management from Brooklyn College.

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