Cusi Cram

Assistant Arts Professor

Cusi Cram is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked extensively as a playwright, screenwriter, TV writer, performer, director of film and theater, an educator, and as a passionate advocate for women in the arts. Her plays have been produced by: Primary Stages, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Denver Center, Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, The Williamstown Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory, Barrington Stage, The Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, and on numerous stages large and petite all over the country. She has written for over a decade on the Peabody-winning program, “Arthur” and has and has been nominated for three Emmy awards for her work on the show.  She was also a writer for several seasons on the Showtime series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney.  She has written numerous pilots for both children and adults.

 

She recently wrote and directed her first film, Wild & Precious through a fellowship at AFI, where it was awarded the Adrienne Shelly Foundation and Nancy Mallone awards for excellence in filmmaking. The film played at over 20 festivals nationwide. Her film and theater work has been supported with grants and residencies from: The Ford Foundation, The Herrick Theater Foundation, The Bogliasco Foundation, The Camargo Foundation, The Stillpoint Fund, The Hispanic Playwright’s Project at South Coast Repertory, Space on Ryder Farm, The Fornes Institute, and The O’Neill Theater Center

 

She is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet, and sits on the board of Leah’s FEWW (Fund for Emerging Women Writers) and is the former Director of Outreach for The Lilly Awards Foundation. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting in Fordham/Primary Stages MFA Playwriting Program, Columbia University, and at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts, where she was honored at their 2017 gala for her service to the school and its students.

 

Cusi is a graduate of Brown University, The Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Julliard, and The Directing Workshop for Women at The American Film Institute.