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

Galleries and Exhibitions:
Vancouver Art Gallery, Installation, FUSE 2011: I Needle Vancouver (November theatre)
Wildewood Gallery, New Westminster, BC 2018
EWMA Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2018

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

Kensington Community Centre, Pottery for Teens, 2019
Playwrights theatre Centre, Self-production for Playwrights; 2009, 2010, 2011
Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp, Props instructor and Designer; 1995, 1996

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