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Full Professor and Head of BFA Acting Program, Wright State University, Department of Theatre Arts, Dance, and Motion Pictures
Great Lakes Region - IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
Bruce Cromer graduated from Wright State University, with a BFA from the Professional Actor Training Program, in 1981. In 1979 he began a seven-year career with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as an actor (playing Hamlet, Romeo, Prince Hal, Proteus, Edgar, etc.) and fight choreographer and stage combat instructor. He has played leading roles with the Seattle Children's Theatre, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, the Santa Fe Stages International Theatre Festival, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Conservatory Theatre Company in Seattle, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (where he's played Scrooge since 2005), etc.
He has been a Resident Artist with the Human Race Theatre, in Dayton, for over twenty-five years, playing such roles as Prior Walter in ANGELS IN AMERICA, Macbeth, Prospero, Charlotte Mahlsdorf (etc.) in I AM MY OWN WIFE, Oliver Lucas in THE VERTICAL HOUR, Lee in TRUE WEST, etc. A recent on-going relationship as an actor with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has seen him on stage as King Lear, Salieri in AMADEUS, King Henry in THE LION IN WINTER, and George in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF?
Bruce teaches acting and movement as a full Professor in the BFA Acting program at Wright State University, with classes in Text Analysis for Actors, Laban and Kinesics for Actors, Shakespearean Acting, Shakespearean Movement, Comedy of Manners, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Character, Physical Comedy, etc., etc., etc. He has directed at Wright State, at the Cincinnati Playhouse (in their school outreach program), and at the Human Race Theatre... He has choreographed fights for most of the theatres in which he's acted. But, first and foremost, he is a regional stage actor, out of love, out of training, and hopefully out of talent.
Bruce lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with his wife and three sons. He is very proud that son Charlie is an Actor/Combatant with the SAFD.Some of Bruce's professional Fight Choreography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oNvXqJz9x0&feature=relmfu