Aaron Cromie (Faculty member) is a director, performer, mask & puppet designer, writer and teacher who came to Philadelphia in 1995 to accept the Dorothy Haas Acting Fellowship to the Walnut Street Theatre. He has collaborated with such theaters as the Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Mum Puppettheatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and 1812 Productions. Aaron toured Norway with Jo Strømgren Kompani's The European Lesson, toured Nationally with BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story. He performed with Bill Irwin in Philadelphia Theatre Company's The Happiness Lecture and has created acclaimed original works including his two man clown show Dave & Aaron Go to Work with Dave Jadico and Saint Joan, Betrayed with Mary Tuomanen. Aaron has directed for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Lantern Theater, Mum Puppettheatre, New City Stage and has designed masks and puppets for the Wilma Theater, Studio Theatre (DC), Folger Shakespeare Theatre (DC), The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Faction of Fools (DC) and The Pearl Theatre (NYC), among others.
Aaron teaches mask performance, clown, commedia dell'arte and mask/puppet design at the University of the Arts and has been guest lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, Sarah Lawrence College, Swarthmore College, Drexel University, University of Maryland and the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts and teaches mask making for the the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and for Teatro Studio Maschera in Belluno, Italy. He is a proud homeowner residing in South Philadelphia. www.aaroncromie.com.