THE EARLY DAYS
Born on a sheep farm in Wadsworth, Ohio, Daniel learned that pitching manure was not for him. After a production of The Tale of Peter Rabbit at age 10, he immersed himself in every form of theatre, ballet, singing and visual arts he could find. As a 16-year-old exchange student in LaRochelle, France and London, Daniel saw the vast potential of life and art beyond Ohio. After a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Northwestern University, he studied under master theatre makers Richard Foreman and Trevor Nunn.
Daniel Kramer is the former Artistic Director of English National Opera. He was previously a Creative Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Associate at the Young Vic and Gate Theatre Notting Hill, and a NYC Drama League Fellow. His award-winning work has been seen around the world including China, Taiwan, Australia, Russia, New York and across Europe. He has been a visiting faculty member at Harvard, Brown, Northwestern, New York University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria.
Nixon in China (Hannover Opera), La boheme (Theater Basel), Mask of Orpheus with costumes by Daniel Lismore (English National Opera), Jack the Ripper (English National Opera and Opera North), War Requiem designed by Wolfgang Tillmans (English National Opera and National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan), La traviata (Theatre Basel Switzerland and English National Opera), Sadko (Vlaamse and Bratislava Opera), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Tristan and Isolde designed by Anish Kapoor (English Nationa Opea), Pelleas et Melisande with Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, Golden Mask Awards), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera and Opera North), Punch & Judy (Grand Theatre Geneva and Young Vic/ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (English National Opera, Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres – Golden Mask Awards), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadlers Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Angles in America (Headlong Theatre National Tour and Lyric Hammersmith, London - TMA Award), Woyzeck (St. Ann’s Warehouse NY and the Gate Theatre, London); Bent starring Alan Cumming (Trafalgar Studios London), Prick Up Your Ears starring Matt Lucas (Comedy Theatre London), Hair (Gate Theatre, Notting Hill), Through the Leaves with Simon Callow and Ann Mitchell (Southwark Playhouse & Duchess Theatre, West End).