- Laura Shapiro Kramer
Laura Shapiro Kramer (b.
July 27, 1948) is a U.S. author, producer and film maker.
Born and raised in
Boston, Massachusetts, Shapiro Kramer left New England to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madisonin the 1960s. In 1969 she moved to Los Angeleswhere she attended UCLAstudying Film and Art History.
In 1975 Shapiro Kramer began working with
Steve Leberand David Krebs. Working with Leber and Krebs, Laura managed the first national tour of " Jesus Christ Superstar"from 1976 to 1980. In 1979, she married Jay Kramer, an attorney whose clients include Stephen King, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
In 1981 Shapiro Kramer sold
David Mamet's first tele-play " Smashville"to ABC. In 1983 Shapiro Kramer produced John Byrne's " Slab Boys" on Broadway directed by Robert Allan Ackermanand starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Val Kilmerand Madeline Potter. Her production won an Outer Critics Circle Award.
In 1991 after publishing an article about the
Feldenkrais methodin " Family Circle," Shapiro Kramer was a guest on the Oprah Winfreyshow. In 1995 Shapiro Kramer published the memoir " Uncommon Voyage"about her experiences parenting a child with special needs using alternative medicine.
Shapiro Kramer was chair of the board of
Resources for Children with Special Needsuntil 2005. She has also been on the board of directors for the New York City Outward BoundCenter and the Iyengar YogaAssociation of Greater New York where she is Chair of the Advisory Board. She is an independent consultant for Friends of Bezalel, the National Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
In November 2005 Shapiro Kramer published "Laura and Myriam's Incredible Albanian Vacation" in Illyria, an Albanian/American newspaper from Bardha Publications. The article describes her travels to Albania and the Balkan states and the documentary film "
Shqiperi" she is producing with NYFA, the New York Foundation for the Artswhere she was the Project Director for The Albyon Project.
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