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

Ilena (she/them) lives and creates on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaʔ, and Skwxwú7mesh Nations of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC, Canada). A ceramic artist, teacher, writer, and theatre designer, she has been a lifelong student of ceramics and clay. Her current practice finds local landscape, environment and materials encountering myth, story and history.


University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Alaska, USA; theatre design, ceramics, 1996. 

Capilano College – Vancouver, BC, Canada; Arts and Entertainment Management. 2001

Solo Exhibitions:

2023 – Above, From Below, Paneficio Gallery, Vancouver BC

2022 – Above, From Below, St. Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver BC

Group Exhibitions:

2023 – Queer Arts Festival, James Black Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2023 – Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Seattle, WA

2023 – Sur La Table, BC Potters Guild Plate Exhibition, Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby BC

2022 – Northwind Arts, “Small Expressions 21”, Port Townsend, WA

2022 – Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Seattle, WA

2021 – Queer Arts Festival, “Dispersed”, Vancouver BC

2021 – Rotunda Gallery, Richmond Arts Centre, “Instructors Exhibition”, Richmond, BC

2020 – Queer Arts Festival, “Wicked”, Vancouver BC

2020 – Clay Centre of New Orleans, “Geaux Cups III”, New Orleans, LA

2020 – Foyer Gallery, “Provocation: International Womens Day”, Squamish BC

2019 – Queer Arts Festival, “rEvolution”, Vancouver BC

2019 – Il Centro, Italian Cultural Centre, “Malleable: Changing Notions of Women”, Vancouver 

2011 – Vancouver Art Gallery, “ FUSE: I Needle Vancouver, November Theatre

Galleries and Shops:

Serendipitys Backyard, Steveston, BC

EWMA Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

Viking Gallery, Vancouver BC (Closed)

Wyldewood Collective Gallery, New Westminster, BC (closed)


2023 Workshops: Kintsugi and Foraged Clay, City Centre Artists Lodge

2020-present Richmond Arts Centre, youth pottery classes, 2020

2022 St. Andrews Wesley, community workshops

2018-2020 Kensington Community Centre, City of Vancouver

2009-2011 Playwrights theatre Centre, Self-production for Playwrights

Awards, Publications and Presentations:

2016 Panelist, “Queer Histories”, Q2Q symposium, SFU/Frank Theatre

2006 Jessie Theatre  Award: Lounge by Tanya Marquardt, winner of the 

Sydney Risk Prize for outstanding Original Script, Nominated for best 

original composition or sound design

2002 Contributor, “Queeries”, Transmissions magazine 

Artist Residencies:

2022     St. Andrews-Wesley United Church, Artist in Residence

2014-19  Curator/Producer, Diorama Project, Vancouver, BC

1996-08  Screaming Weenie Productions (Frank Theatre), Artistic Director, 

    Alaska and Vancouver BC 

2002     Artist In Residence – Design, Rumble Theatre Productions

Other relevant experience: 

2021     Richmond Arts Centre, Ceramic Studio Technician 

2001-06.  Rumble Productions & PuSh Festival, Managing Producer

2005     City of Vancouver, Ancillary Cultural Planner

2000-09   Theatre CV available upon request; Contract Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, for various independent  theatre companies, incl. Leakey Heaven Circus, Felix Culpa, November Thr., Caravan Farm Thr.

Studied under:

Jack Walsh, Oregon, USA (pottery)

Diego Valles, Mata Ortiz, Mexico (ceramics)

Norman Armour, Vancouver BC (Theatre)

Anatoly Antohin, St. Petersburg, Russia (Theatre Direction)

Tara Maginnis, California, USA (Theatre Design)

Selected Theatrical Design:

I Needle Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, November Theatre with Bev Davies. 2011
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 Cat. 2002
Speculations by Christine Stoddard, MFA Thesis, Simon Fraser University 2001