Aaron Cromie teaches Neutral Mask for the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, as well as special topic courses including Mask Characterization, Commedia Dell'Arte and Mask & Puppet Design and Performance.
As a performer, he has appeared with Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Lantern Theatre, Mum Puppettheatre, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Brat Productions, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, among others. Regionally, Aaron has performed with the Folger Theatre (D.C.), Mill Mountain Theatre (Va.), and has toured nationally in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" and Internationally with "The European Lesson" with Norway's Jo Strømgren Kompani. He also appeared with American clown Bill Irwin in Philadelphia Theatre Company's "The Happiness Lecture."
Aaron has directed "The Gardener's Dog," "Home Opener" (Arezzo Festival, Italy) and "The Cider House Rules, Part II" for the University of the Arts, "Titus Andronicus" and "Henry V" for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, "The Game of Love and Chance" for Commonwealth Classic Theatre, "The Love of Three Oranges" for Bryn Mawr College, "Dido and Aeneas" and for the College of NJ and "The Fantasticks" for Mum Puppettheatre. Other projects include Azuka Theatre's "The Long Christmas Ride Home", Lantern Theater's "Scapin" and his own original adaptation of Carlo Gozzi's tragicomic fable, "The Blue Monster" for the University of the Arts. Aaron was twice commissioned by the American Philosophical Society, creating for them, "A Paper Garden" and "Tools of Venus".
As a mask and puppet designer, Aaron has collaborated with the Folger Theatre (D.C.), the Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), the Wilma Theatre, Studio Theatre (D.C.), the Pearl Theatre (NYC) and Two River Theatre Company (N.J.), Rogue Theatre (AZ), Faction of Fools (DC) among others.
Aaron received Barrymore Awards for Music Direction ("The Fantasticks," Mum Puppettheatre), and two for Choreography/Movement ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Theatre Exile, and "The Comedy of Errors," Lantern Theater), and has been nominated for Directing, Acting, Original Music and sound Design. He has received grant support from the Independence Foundation, Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and the Jim Henson Foundation.
Aaron received a bachelor of music degree from the College of New Jersey, is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and has studied Commedia Dell'Arte, woodcarving and leather mask making with Maestro Antonio Fava in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Aaron is co-founding Faculty for the Headlong Performance Institute.
Class Schedule, Fall 2013
|T,F||08:30AM - 09:50AM||Mask Characterization|