Daniel Elihu Kramer
Professor of Theatre
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M.F.A., Yale School of Drama
B.A., Haverford College
Daniel Elihu Kramer teaches directing and acting—as well as courses in the film studies program. He is producing artistic director of the Chester Theatre Company, where his directing credits include Sister Play, 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 have included Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Hedda Gabler, Henry V and Polaroid Stories.
Kramer’s play My Jane premiered at Chester Theatre Company in 2016. His play Pride@Prejudice was published by Playscripts, commissioned and produced by Available Light Theatre, and produced by Capital Repertory Theatre and by the Chester Theatre Company. His play Coyote Tales, based on traditional Native American stories, was published by Samuel French and has been produced by numerous theater companies. His adaptations of Babar and 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 premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival in 2015. 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 United States. He was a visiting artist at the Wexner Center for the Arts, which supported the editing of Kitchen Hamlet.
Kramer is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Dramatists Guild. He was a founding artistic director of Salt Lake Shakespeare and assistant to the artistic director of Spiral Stage and assistant to the artistic director of Circle Repertory Theatre. Previous teaching includes Kenyon College (where he was chair of dance and theater), Bowdoin College and Fordham University at Lincoln Center.