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Daniel Elihu Kramer
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Daniel Elihu Kramer teaches directing and acting—as well as courses in the film studies program—at Smith College. His play Pride@Prejudice was produced in 2011 by Chester Theatre Company, and was originally commissioned and produced by Available Light Theatre (where it won multiple awards as best new play in 2010). 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 received a 2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for A Midsummer Night's Dream at Boston Theatre Works. In 2008, his production of The Pillowman at the Contemporary American Theatre Company received awards for Best Production and Best Direction. He is an artistic associate at Chester Theatre Company, where his directing credits include The Turn of the Screw (2011) and Gulf View Drive (2010). At Smith College, he has previously directed Henry V and Polaroid Stories.
Kramer's play Coyote Tales, based on traditional Native American stories, is published by Baker’’s Plays, 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. 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 Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and the Dramatists Guild. He has been 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.