Eli Cohen (they/he) is a writer, director, dramaturg, and producer whose work focuses on developing diverse stories that appeal to both underrepresented and traditional audiences. Their current writing project, The Chosen One, was developed as part of their thesis on "Queer Representation in Commercial Musical Theatre".  As a director, Eli is currently developing Cicada 3301. They also work as Associate Producer for five-time Tony-award Winning Producer Hal Luftig (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots) on projects including Life of Pi, Here Lies Love, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Eli studied musical theatre writing and directing at Northwestern University, and subsequently continued their education with writers including Marcy Heisler and Bill Finn. While at Northwestern, they worked on the Waa-Mu show, Northwestern's student-written musical, and served as librettist, lyricist, and composer for three shows: Beyond BeliefManhattan Miracle, and For the Record. They have also developed shows with the American Music Theatre Project including Marie in Tomorrow Land, and previously worked in the Goodman Theatre's Literary Department

Original works include The Chosen One-G-T, Far From Christopher Street, and (de)Generate. Eli's songs have been featured at venues including 54 Below, Green Room 42, The Cutting Room, as well as in concert with UNC Greensboro's Hear Our Voices and Tin Pan Alley 2. Eli also studied computer science, and runs a long-term Dungeons & Dragons game with their friends. Originally from Chicago, Eli now resides in New York and hopes to adopt a dog soon.