Carl Kraines has been involved in theater from an early age, studying and performing at Hollywood’s famous Meglin Studios in the early 60’s. He went on to study acting through his school years, graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Theater Arts. After working in Bay Area theaters for a couple of years (The Magic Theater, Eureka Theater, Berkeley Stage Co.), he moved to L.A., where he appeared for several years in film (Partners with John Hurt and Ryan O’Neal, Frances with Jessica Lang and Sam Shepard, Yes, Georgio with Luciano Pavarotti) and in television (Hill St. Blues, Hunter, The Dukes of Hazzard) among others. A founding member of New York’s Theater for Your Mother, Carl co-founded Mother West, with which he produced and starred in the West Coast Premiere of Dick Goldberg’s Family Business at the Zephyr Theater in West Hollywood. Turning to film and television production, he developed and served as Associate Producer on the feature film Powwow Highway, which won a best film award at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival. He served as Director of Production for Accent Entertainment where he developed Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris starring Angela Lansbury and City Boy, starring James Brolin, among other projects. In 1995 he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from UCLA and served as the Director of Theater for Cherry Creek High School in Denver Colorado before moving to Santa Rosa and serving as the Director of Theater for Maria Carrillo High School. During his tenure, he has produced and directed over sixty high school plays and musicals. Now retired, he is looking forward to acting and directing in our wonderfully vibrant local theater scene.
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