Jeremy Kruse is the Artistic Director of Gorton Drama Studio. He is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and producer who has been involved in numerous plays, sketch comedy shows, films, commercials, and televisions spots in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. His book, The Young Actor’s Handbook (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books) was published in 2017. His documentary film, Lee Strasberg’s Method, was an official selection at the SOHO International Film Festival NYC. Anti-narrative Number 4, his short film, won the "Director's Choice" award at the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films. Lockers, the play he wrote for young people in middle school and early high school, is published by Dramatic Publishing and has been produced in the United States and abroad. Jeremy taught Method Acting, Acting for TV and Film, Improvisation, Acting for Independent Films, Creating Your Own Work, Sketch Comedy Writing and Sketch Comedy Performance at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Kruse graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in drama. Jeremy is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association. Jeremy lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Jeremy was cast in the feature film The Family Fang staring Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman. Jason Bateman is the director. Jeremy shot his part in early August of 2014.
Jeremy's One Act play, Brooklyn Brownstone, was part of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Winter One Act Play Competition 2012. Brooklyn Brownstone was 1 of 4 plays (out of over 30 plays) to make it to the finals of the competition.
Jeremy created, wrote, acted in and co-directed the pilot episode of X Pimp in May of 2010 in New York. X Pimp is a webisode about an ex pimp who tries to go legit by starting a dating service. "He was a pimp. Now he's an X pimp."
Jeremy directed and edited a feature length documentary about method acting, Lee Strasberg's Method in May of 2010 in New York. It was in competition at the Soho International Film Festival NYC 2011 (April 15 - 21, 2011 at the Quad Cinemas NYC)
Jeremy's short comedic film, Hat Trick, which he wrote and directed, was screened at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest in September of 2009.
He directed the comedic short, Flüffenhaus: The Comeback of a Pop Culture Icon, in June of 2009, which is written by Emily Skyle. He also edited the film.
Jeremy acted in Driving the Dynamite Truck, a short comedic film in June of 2009.
Jeremy’s short comedic experimental film, Anti-narrative Number 4, won the "Director's Choice" award at The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films in August of 2008. Jeremy wrote, directed and acted in the film.
Anti-narrative Number 4 was screened at the 2009 Lake County Film Festival and the 2008 Illinois International Film Festival. In March of 2008, Anti-narrative Number 4, was accepted and screened at the Big Mini DV Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY and was named a finalist in the 41st Humboldt Film Fest in Arcata, CA. Anti-narrative Number 4 was also accepted and screened at the Maryland Film Festival and the Ybor Festival Of The Moving Image in Tampa, FL. The film received Honorable Mention for an experimental film in The Accolade Competition in La Jolla, CA.
There was a successful workshop production of his play, Low Hanging Fruit, at Second City's Skybox Theater in Chicago in April and May of 2004. Low Hanging Fruit was selected for a reading at the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City in 2006 and the Boarshead Theatre in Michigan in 2007.
Hot Beans and Chuck–A Comedic Cabaret Experience, a show that he co-wrote and co-developed, ran at Davenport ’s Piano Bar and Cabaret and received auspicious reviews from the Chicago Reader.
He is currently writing and directing a documentary film, Related to Charlemagne, (treatment available) that chronicles his years of genealogy research and the world of genealogy in general. This project was started in 2007 and its end date is indefinite.
His short documentary film, Autism Enlightened (co-directed with Christina Blakey) has received over 62,000 hits on youtube.com.
His full-length screenplay, A Tangled Webb, was a quarter finalist in the 2007 Slamdance Screenplay competition.
Selected monologues from his play, Lockers, were published in 2007 by Dramatic Publishing in Editor’s Choice: Audition Monologues For Women and Editor’s Choice: Audition Monologues For Men.