Greg Kramer, versatile Canadian artist with Vancouver roots, has died

The arts community is mourning the loss of Greg Kramer, a United Kingdom-born writer, director, and performer who called Vancouver home in the early days of his career.

Kramer, who had credits on numerous theatrical productions during more than three decades in Canada, has died, his colleagues at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal confirmed today (April 9).

“We mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Greg Kramer,” Segal Centre artistic producer Paul Flicker said in a statement emailed to the Straight. “We cherish the time we spent with Greg, an inspired actor, director, writer and magician,” Flicker said.

Kramer was born in Hertfordshire, UK, and relocated to Canada in the early 1980s, settling on the West Coast before later moving back east.

An actor on both stage and screen, Kramer portrayed many of Shakespeare’s characters. His many acting credits include the lead role in Richard III, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and Lucio in Measure for Measure. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and had been performing magic for many years.

As an award-winning director, he worked on productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Marat … De Sade, and Have a Heart, among others. His novels include The Pursemonger of Fugu, Couchwarmer: A Laundromat Adventure, and Wally.

In Vancouver, he contributed to productions with Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Arts Club Theatre, and Firehall Theatre. More recently, the Montreal resident shared his writing talents with the Segal Centre for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes production.

The Segal Centre has indicated plans to stage the production starting May 5 will go ahead. Flicker said: “Greg devoted his life to his art. We honour his memory and legacy by continuing on with his final gift to the world, his Sherlock Holmes.”