Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer is a critically-acclaimed director and writer. She directed her adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s bestseller THE BEST OF EVERYTHING at HERE in New York, which Ben Brantley described as “neither a delirious sendup nor a mordant, finger-wagging deconstruction…refreshingly free of the ‘aren’t we clever’ self consciousness that often accompanies such excursions into the pop-culture past…There is a welcome humility at work here, which in turn creates a feeling of unvarnished transparency”. THE BEST OF EVERYTHING was a New York Times and Time Out “Critics Pick”, and is published by Dramatists Play Service.

 

As a director, Julie is known for her rigorous approach to text, deep collaboration with writers, actors and designers, feminist perspective and antic touch.   Regional credits include A CHORUS LINE (Theater Under the Stars, Houston) and MISS BENNETT: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY and OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (Pioneer Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah). New York credits include IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT by Bixby Elliot (The Tank), SANTA DOESN’T COME TO THE HOLIDAY INN by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (Marathon, Ensemble Studio Theatre), AND…ACTION by Eleanor Burgess (Keen Company), HILLARY: A MODERN GREEK TRAGEDY WITH A (SOMEWHAT) HAPPY ENDING by Wendy Weiner (New Georges), NONE OF THE ABOVE by Jenny Lyn Bader (The Lion), PEARL’S GONE BLUE by Leslie Kramer (Best Musical FringeNYC), ANDREW SECUNDA’S ONE WOMAN SHOW (Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) and several productions at NYU/Strasberg.

 

Julie is currently developing THE CLICK, her comedy about the women’s movement with music by Rachel Peters. She was a 2018-19 Audrey resident at New Georges in collaboration with playwright Lynn Rosen on the play LEGERDEMAIN (SLEIGHT OF HAND).

 

She has developed new work at theaters including The Public, New Dramatists, Dorset Theater Festival, The New York Musical Festival, and Pioneer Theater. She directed three shows for the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and was a Young Director in Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Julie is on the faculty of The Tepper Semester/Syracuse University, and is a member of SDC, where she serves on the Political Engagement Committee.

Productions (selected credits)

A Chorus Line                                                                                                   Theater Under the Stars, Houston, TX        

Take Ten: 2019 Aspen Play Lab                                                                    Aspen, CO                                                        

Miss Bennett:  Christmas at Pemberley                                                          Pioneer Theater, Salt Lake City, UT             

     by Lauren Gunderson and Margo Melcon 

 If On a Winter's Night by Bixby Elliot                                                             The Tank                                                          

Santa Doesn't Come to the Holiday Inn by Elyzabeth Wilder                     Ensemble Studio Theatre                             

And Action by Eleanor Burgess                                                                       The Keen Company, NYC                               

Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley                                                 Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT              

I, A Life by Jason Kravits                                                                                  54 Below                                                         

The Best of Everything adaptor and director                                               HERE, NYC                                                       

     The New York Times and Time Out Critics’ Pick                                       New Georges (workshop)                            

   “Top 10 Plays of 2012,” The Huffington Post  

     published by Dramatists Play Service

Pearl’s Gone Blue, music by Gabriel Gordon,                                              FringeNYC                                                      

      book/lyrics by Leslie Kramer

  Overall Excellence Award—Best Production, Musical2011

Mother Load by Amy Wilson                                                                          National Tour                                                 

                                                                                                                           The Sage Theater, NYC                                 

Baby Love by Christen Clifford, choreography Julie Atlas Muz                 Hourglass Group/45 Bleecker, NYC            

                                                                                                                           Uno Festival; Victoria, Canada                     

                                                                                                                           Mesto Zensk; Ljubljana, Slovenia                

Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending            New Georges, NYC                                           

  by Wendy Weiner 

None of the Above by Jenny Lyn Bader                                                          The Lion/Rhoda Herrick, NYC                      

                                                                                                                            New Georges, NYC                                        

Elements of Style by Wendy Weiner                                                               FringeNYC                                                       

Out of Mind by Jenny Lyn Bader                                                                     NYU Practicum/Strasberg, NYC                  

Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman                                                                    NYU/Strasberg, NYC                                     

It’s a Hit, music by David Weinstein, lyrics by Melissa Levis,

   book by Beth Saulnier                                                                                  FringeNYC                                                      

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler                                                            Scranton Cultural Center                             

Judy Speaks, co-creator with Mary Birdsong,                                                HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival, CO               

HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival, CO

   songs by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and E.Y. Harburg

17 Guys I Fucked by Christen Clifford                                                             WomenCenterStage/cultureproject          

You Should Have Brought Your Mink by Jenny Lyn Bader                             New Georges/Dawn Powell Festival          

Andrew Secunda’s One Woman Show by Andrew Secunda                             Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC                    

  “Best of 2001—Comedy,” Time Out New York

Searching for the 60s by Wendy Weiner                                                         American Living Room Festival/HERE       

Taught by Sean Conroy                                                                                     HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival, CO              

                                                                                                                             Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYC     

A Cookie Full of Arsenic by Amy Wilson                                                           HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival, CO              

New Play Development (selected credits)
 

Legerdemain by Lynn Rosen                                                                             New Georges/Audrey Residency

Pepetual Girl by Wendy Weiner (staged reading)                                          Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT             

Requiem for August Moon by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder                              Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT              

(staged reading)

Bernhard by Lynn Rosen                                                                                  New Dramatists, NYC                                    

Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod (staged reading)                                          Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT

Rachel music by Jared Field, book/lyrics by Jessie Field                              NYMF

(staged reading)

True Art by Jessica Provenz (staged reading)                                                Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT 

Mona Lisa Speaks by Jenny Lyn Bader (staged reading)                             Guild Hall, Southhampton

(with Tovah Feldshuh)                                                                                     Theater 167

The Bootlegger and the Rabbi’s Daughter,

   music by John Mercurio, book/lyrics by Tajlei Levis (reading)                The Dorset Theatre Festival, VT

New York Musical Festival, NYC

The Unfortunate Squirrel, music by Nicole Hale, Ronnie Reshef,

   Tom Swafford, Frederick Alden Terry and Jana Zielonka

   book/lyrics by Sonya Sobieski (reading)                                                    Emerging Artists NYC

True Art by Jessica Provenz (workshop)                                                        The Directors Studio, NYC

Andromeda by Jessica Provenz (reading)                                                      Juilliard, NYC

The Best of Everything adaptor and director                                                 New Georges (workshop)

Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending

   by Wendy Weiner (workshop)

  recipient, New Georges Special Project Grant                                          The Public Theater, NYC

Nixon’s Daughters by Jacqueline Brogan (workshop)                                  Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, CT

Additional

Tepper Semester/Syracuse University Faculty, 2016-present​

SDC Political Engagement Committee, 2017-present

New Georges Associate Artist, 1995-present

Ensemble Studio Theatre Young Directors Residency Program, 2003-2004

Education

University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA

B.A. English Literature,  cum laude, Dean’s List, Distinction in major for honors thesis on theater and political change

Alice Paul Award for production of The Women’s Theatre Festival at Penn

 

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