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Daniel Elihu Kramer
Associate Professor

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Daniel Elihu Kramer teaches directing and acting-as well as courses in the film studies program-at Smith College. He is Producing Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company, where his directing credits include Blink, The Amish Project, Tryst, and The Turn of the Screw. He received an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for A Midsummer Night's Dream at Boston Theatre Works, and his production of The Pillowman at the Contemporary American Theatre Company received awards for Best Production and Best Direction. At Smith College, his productions include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Hedda Gabler, Henry V, and Polaroid Stories.


His play Jane Eyre: A Memory, A Fever, A Dream was commissioned and premiered by Available Light Theatre in 2013. His play Pride@Prejudice is published by Playscripts, and was produced in 2012 by Capital Repertory Theatre, and in 2011 by Chester Theatre Company, and was commissioned and produced by Available Light Theatre, and has won multiple awards. Kramer's play Coyote Tales, based on traditional Native American stories, is published by Samuel French, and has been produced by numerous theatre companies. His adaptations of Babar and of James Thurber's Many Moons were commissioned and produced by Phoenix Theatre Company. His play Love Suicide was workshopped in a residency at Cleveland Public Theatre and at Boston Theatre Works.


His short film Recently, Long Ago recently premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. His first feature film, Kitchen Hamlet, a contemporary setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet, won multiple awards as an official selection at film festivals throughout the U.S. He was a visiting artist at the Wexner Center for the Arts, which supported the editing of Kitchen Hamlet.


Kramer holds an M.F.A. in directing from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Haverford College, and is a member of the the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Dramatists Guild. He was a Founding Artistic Director of Salt Lake Shakespeare, Associate Artistic Director of Spiral Stage, and Assistant to the Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Theatre. Kramer was also Drama Editor for the Kenyon Review. Previous teaching includes Kenyon College (where he was chair of Dance and Theatre), Bowdoin College, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center.