Laura Shapiro Kramer

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-Madison in the 1960s. In 1969 she moved to Los Angeles where she attended UCLA studying Film and Art History.

In 1975 Shapiro Kramer began working with Steve Leber and 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 Ackerman and starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Val Kilmer and Madeline Potter. Her production won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

In 1991 after publishing an article about the Feldenkrais method in "Family Circle," Shapiro Kramer was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. 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 Needs until 2005. She has also been on the board of directors for the New York City Outward Bound Center and the Iyengar Yoga Association 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 Arts where she was the Project Director for The Albyon Project.

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