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David Cromer

David Cromer
Cromer in the play Our Town in 2012
Born (1964-10-17) 17 October 1964
Occupation Theatrical director
Awards Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, MacArthur Fellow

David Cromer (born 17 October 1964) is an American theatre director and stage actor. He has received recognition for his work Off-Broadway and in his native Chicago. Cromer has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including winning the Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for his direction of Our Town.[1] He was nominated for the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his direction of The Adding Machine.[2][3]

Biography and Education

Born the third of four sons to Richard and Louise Cromer, David was raised in Skokie, Illinois. He dropped out of high school his junior year (later acquiring a GED), and attended Columbia College Chicago.[4]


He was nominated for or won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his work in Chicago productions, winning for Angels in America Parts I and II in 1998, The Price in 2002, and The Cider House Rules in 2003.[5][6] In 2005, Cromer made his Off-Broadway debut directing Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow at the Barrow Street Theatre. The production originated at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.[7] His 2008 production of a musical adaptation of The Adding Machine also moved to Off-Broadway from Chicago[8] and received wide critical acclaim,[9] receiving six Lucille Lortel Award nominations in the 2008 season, more than any other show.[3] Cromer received a nomination for the 2008 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical, for The Adding Machine.[2] It is now being produced in regional theaters around the country.[10]

In 2009, Cromer performed the role of the Stage Manager in an Off-Broadway revival of Our Town, which he also directed, at The Barrow Street Theatre.[11] The production, which began in Chicago in 2008, has been acclaimed for its non-traditional elements.[12] Cromer won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Obie Award, Directing for Our Town.[13] In the wake of his Our Town success, The New York Times profiled Cromer, referring to "his suddenly thriving career [which] has etched him as a visionary wunderkind, a genius in a black cape with secrets up his billowing sleeves."[4]

In October 2009, Cromer directed a short-lived Broadway revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs starring Noah Robbins, Santino Fontana, Laurie Metcalf, and Dennis Boutsikaris. (The planned production of Broadway Bound was cancelled.)[14] He directed the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves, which starred Ben Stiller and Edie Falco played a limited run in April 2011 to August 2011.[15]

In Summer 2011, he directed A Streetcar Named Desire, with Jessica Hecht as Blanche, at the Williamstown Theater Festival.[16]

In Winter 2012, he directed Tribes by Nina Raine at the Barrow Street Theatre.

He will direct the Broadway-bound musical Yank! by Joseph and David Zellnik.[17] In 2010, he said of Yank!, "I'm hungrier to work on this than anything in recent memory."[18] He was announced to direct a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco and set for Fall 2011, but in August 2011 the production was delayed and Franco dropped out; Cromer says it is "still on the drawing board".[19]

In Winter 2013, he returned to Chicago to star as Ned Weeks in TimeLine Theatre Company's production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer.[20]

Personal Life

He was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.[21]

Cromer is openly gay.[4]


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam."David Cromer's Heralded 'Our Town' Ends Off-Broadway Run Sept. 12", 12 September 2010
  2. ^ a b "Cromer listing" InternetBroadway Database, accessed 24 April 2011
  3. ^ a b Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth (5 May 2008). Win Lucille Lortel Awards"Adding Machine and Betrayed". Playbill. 
  4. ^ a b c Witchel, Alex. "David Cromer Isn’t Giving Up", The New York Times, 11 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Jeff Awards Cromer Listing", accessed 25 April 2011
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Chicago Jeff Awards Go to Richard Kind, Marc Robin, Cider House Rules, Singin' in the Rain", 4 November 2003
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles."Two Titans of Drama Assemble for a Battle of Wills and Wits" The New York Times, 14 March 2005
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles (28 February 2007). "An Audience-Friendly Theatrical Town, Chicago Is". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  9. ^ Feldman, Adam (27 February 2008). "Adding Machine". Time Out: New York. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  10. ^ Isherwood, Charles."Prolific Director, Off Off Off Off Broadway" The New York Times, 11 November 2008
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew; Hetrick, Adam."Cromer to Return to Off-Broadway's 'Our Town' June 19", 16 June 2009
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles."21st-Century Grover’s Corners, With the Audience as Neighbors"The New York Times, 27 February 2009
  13. ^ "'Our Town' Listing" Internet Off-Broadway Database, accessed 24 April 2011
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Broadway's Neil Simon Plays Will Close Nov. 1", 31 October 2009
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew.Ben Stiller and Edie Falco Inhabit a House of Blue Leaves, Opening on Broadway April 25", 25 April 2011
  16. ^ Healy, Patrick."Cromer and Hecht to Reunite for 'Streetcar' at Williamstown" The New York Times, 7 March 2011.
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew; Hetrick, Adam."David Cromer to Direct Broadway's 'Yank! A WWII Love Story'", 10 May 2010
  18. ^
  19. ^ Healy, Patrick (30 August 2011). "‘Sweet Bird' Won't Fly on Broadway This Fall; Franco No Longer Involved in Revival". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "David Cromer to Lead TimeLine's NORMAL HEART; Casts Announced for Fall Season", July 18, 2013.
  21. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program: Meet the 2010 Fellows", accessed 24 April 2011

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