One day this week, plan to come in out of the rain, to an intimate theatre, at a school for the arts, to hear one of our own speak. An alum of Columbia College Chicago, David Cromer has gone on to become a celebrated director and actor. He returns for one night only, to talk about his career and to remind us that for Chicagoans who dream big enough, dreams can come true.
WHAT: Award winning theater director and actor David Cromer will be the featured speaker for Columbia College Chicago’s “Conversations in the Arts: Fine and Performing Arts.” He will be interviewed by Chris Jones, chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune.
In the 1980s Cromer attended Columbia College Chicago and later taught acting and directing there until 2008. After teaching, he moved to New York to produce the musical adaptation of The Adding Machine (2008), which received six Lucille Lortel Award nominations and won for Outstanding Musical.
Cromer has received 4 Jeff Awards for his direction, 3 Lortel Awards, 2 Obies, 2 After Darks, and was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow for his achievements as a theatre director and actor.
This year, he will direct Broadway revivals of The House of Blue Leaves with Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, opening in April; and The Sweet Bird of Youth with Nicole Kidman, scheduled for this fall.
Currently living in New York City, Cromer has spent most of his career in Chicago. Some of his local directing credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic, The Price, and Oscar Remembered at Writers Theatre; Cherrywood, Mojo, and The Hot L Baltimore at Mary-Arrchie Theatre; A Perfect Mendacity, The Dazzle, Orson’s Shadow, and Golden Boy at Steppenwolf; Come Back, Little Sheba at Shattered Globe; and Angels in America, Parts 1&2 at The Journeymen.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23rd, at 7 PM
WHERE: Film Row Cinema of Columbia College Chicago, 1104 South Wabash Avenue
Free but seating is limitedso advance registration is highly recommended. For seat reservations, RSVP online at www.colum.edu/conversations.
For more information: [email protected]
About: Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 12,000 students in over 120 undergraduate and graduate programs.
An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For more information: www.colum.edu.
For the month of February, original art work will be courtesy of Kristin Kemper, http://www.etsy.com/people/Kecky.