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Sam Crane

Sam Crane

PhD Candidate, School of Arts and Creative Technologies, University of York
Sam Crane is an award-winning video artist and actor.

In a theatre career spanning twenty years he has been critically acclaimed for his performances at the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, in the West End and on Broadway.

His films have been screened at contemporary art and film festivals worldwide. He won the Critics’ Choice award at Milan Machinima Festival, First Prize for Video Art at The Athens Digital Arts Festival and was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize.

His production of Hamlet in Grand Theft Auto won The Stage Innovation Award 2023 and is the subject of a forthcoming feature length documentary.

He is currently playing Harry Potter in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and can soon be seen as Jacques-Louis David in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming film Napoleon for Sony Pictures and Apple TV.

He is a PhD candidate at York University's School of Arts and Creative Technologies (under the supervision of Dr Ben Kirman and Dr Karen Quigley) and is a member of the PEERS programme of artistic researchers at Zurich University of the Arts.

He read Classics as an undergraduate at Oxford University and trained as an actor at LAMDA where he won the Nicholas Hytner scholarship.

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May 17, 2023 07:47 am UTC| Entertainment

Last week in a small city in the Ruhr area of Germany, a film that I made inside the video game Grand Theft Auto was screened at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, as part of an extensive overview of...

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