About

Elyssa Samsel is the one half of the songwriting team for BETWEEN THE LINES; a new musical produced by Daryl Roth, based on the novel by best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel are the songwriters for Disney Animation’s “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which will premiere in 2017.  Check out Elyssa and Kate in “A Return To Arendelle” here: The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle

Their past work includes “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” by Kevin Henkes, featured in TheatreWorks USA’s “Fly Guy and Other Stories,” which toured the US 2015-2016. They have written three shows for 4@15 under the direction of Brian Blythe; LLAMAZE 101, MY LITTLE BRONY, and CAMP WISH-NO-MORE (which was extended into a full length musical, performed by NYU Steinhardt in the Fall of 2013.) In 2010, Elyssa met Kate Anderson in their first year of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and it was love at first bagel. The two were featured writers in a BMI masterclass with Stephen Schwartz in 2014 with their show BETWEEN THE LINES.

Elyssa began her classical training on the violin and piano at age six. She currently resides in New York City as a composer, violinist, pianist, singer and actress.  Elyssa is also the songwriter (co-written with Jade Bartlett) of a new musical entitled LIGEIA, based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.