Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson

Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson are the Annie Award nominated songwriters behind Disney Animation’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. They are currently the in-house songwriters for Apple TV’s upcoming Central Park, an animated musical series from the minds of Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad. They are also developing a feature film for Warner Brothers loosely based on Rip Van Winkle starring Cynthia Erivo. For the stage, they have penned the score for two musicals, Between the Lines (premiering Off-Broadway 2021) based on the novel by best-selling author, Jodi Picoult, and The Book Thief (UK premiere 2021), based on the novel by Marcus Zusak. The two met in the acclaimed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing workshop in 2010 and have been writing partners ever since. In addition to songwriting, Elyssa is also a classically trained violinist and singer, while Kate does improv and sketch comedy which she has studied extensively with the Upright Citizens Brigade.

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