Ilena Lee Cramer (1972, Canada)         604-617-9152

Ilena lives and works in British Columbia, Canada. A potter, teacher, writer, and theatre designer, she has been a lifelong student of ceramics and clay. Although primarily making a living as a theatre artist, she has never been far from her first crush – clay.

University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Alaska, USA; theatre design, ceramics, 1996.
Capilano College – Vancouver, BC, Canada; Arts and Entertainment Management.

Studied under:
Jack Walsh, Oregon, USA
Anatoly Antohin, St. Petersburg, Russia
Tara Maginnis, California, USA
Diego Valles, Mata Ortiz, Mexico

Il Museo Gallery. Malleable: Changing notions of Women. Group show. Oct-Dec 2019
Vancouver Art Gallery, FUSE. I Needle Vancouver (Installation with November theatre) Group show 2011

Gallery sales:
The Wylde Wood Gallery, New Westminster, BC since 2018
EWMA Gallery, Vancouver, BC since 2018
Scout & Co, Steveston, BC 2019
Vikings, Dragons & Fairies, Vancouver, BC 2020

Publications and Presentations:
Contributer, “Queeries”, Transmissions magazine , 2002
Panelist, “Queer Histories”, Q2Q symposium, July 20-24, 2016

Selected Theatrical Design:
Life in the Theatre by David Mamet, Coop Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, 2010
Anna by Michael Scholar Jr. & Carmen Aguirre, November Theatre, HIVE 2010
Transmissions by Tanya Marquardt, Chriysalis theatre, Box Studio 2009
Hedda Gabler by Ibsen, Rumble Productions, Vancouver East Cultural Centre 2002
Speculations by Christine Stoddard, MFA Thesis, Simon Fraser University 2001

Teaching & Workshops:
Kensington Community Centre, Pottery for Teens, ongoing 2019
Playwrights theatre Centre, Self-production for Playwrights; 2009, 2010, 2011
Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp, Props instructor and Designer; 1995, 1996
Renfrew Collingwood Community Centre, Create with Clay, April 2019
Occasional ongoing kids camp & after school sessions

Residencies, etc:
Diorama Project (1989), annual art & performance project, curator & producer since 2014
Screaming Weenie Productions (Frank Theatre), Managing Artistic Director, 1996-2008
Kensington Pottery Club, member, 2007
Rumble Productions, Artist In Residence, 2002