Gail was one of three Texas actresses honored by the USA Film Fest for her accomplishments.
The evening included a screening of SPARROW in which she co-stars.
Gail with John Davies in the John Patrick Shanley's love letter to his ancestors.
The amazing cast of FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS with director Dylan Key at Undermain Theatre. Playwright Meg Miroshnik flew in from LA and loved the show!
RUTH by Vicki Cheatwood premiered at Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival in May, 2012.
That's Gail as Naomi with daughter Ruth, played by Liza Gonzalez.
Critics praised Dallas Theater Center's production of Dividing the Estate for its outstanding ensemble. Center is Oscar-nominee June Squibb. That's Gail in the glasses.
Naomi Iitsuka's reimagining of The Odyssey at Collin Theatre Center, directed by Gail Cronauer. Set by Tom Hull. Lighting by Craig Erickson.
See an Atlas of Mud slide show under DIRECTING.
Produced at Collin Theatre Center.
Welcome to my website!
I hope it will serve as an introduction to me: as a person, an actress on stage and screen, a teacher, a director. Please take a look at my acting, teaching and directing resumes. Watch my videos, listen to my voiceover demo, look at photos of my stage and screen work and my directing. Check out some of the links. If you'd like to know more, please contact me. I would love to talk with you. You can email me through this site.
I had a FANTASTIC headshot session with Bryan Chatlien. I've posted 4 INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT LOOKS, all inspired by the Michael Chekhov work (see below) and facilitated by makeup artist Joanna Hathcock.
While waiting for my newest work (see below), check out my DEMO 2015, edited by DAVID PINKSTON, on youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HoLjZVA-pQ.
SOON TO BE RELEASED
UNDYING. Watch for this humor-filled horror flick starring James Logan and Teri Reeves. I play Olga, a powerful woman with secrets -- and I don't die! I smell a sequel. Check it out in the PHOTOS section.
THE VAST OF NIGHT. A smart sci-fi set in the 50s. I play Mabel Blanche. Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick are fantastic as two young people who come knocking on my door for answers about strange occurences....
A HEART THAT FORGIVES. My third film with M.Legend Brown, set to premiere in February, 2017.
TE ATA. Produced by the Chickasaw Nation, directed by NATHAN FRANKOWSKI and starring Q’ORIANKA KILCHER as the legendary Native American performer Te Ata. I appear as — Eleanor Roosevelt.
OCCUPY, TEXAS. Directed by JEFF BARRY, written by and starring GENE GALLERANO. A disillusioned young man returns to Texas after his parents’ death to take on the establishment and ME, Principal Stringer. It was a treat to be on set with GENE, PERI GILPIN and LORELEI LINKLATER.
KREEP. I am the meanest foster-mom ever to LYMARI NADAL in this twisted Texas tale written and directed by BRETT BENTMAN. It also stars JUDD NELSON.
STILL GOIN’ STRONG
STEPS OF FAITH, directed by award-winning M. LEGEND BROWN, had an AMAZING run on the festival circuit. Faith (CHRYSTIE PHARRIS) believes she is "called" to leave her family and begin a new life working on a horse therapy ranch. I play Bell who runs the ranch and challenges that calling. MALIK WHITFIELD is ranch owner Marshall who falls in love with Faith and helps her win over Bell. STEPS OF FAITH trailer is on youtube!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnUIg7Dpg2U&feature=youtu.be
REVOLUTION may have been cancelled but not before I appeared as Patriot Commander Shirlee Jenkins in Austin City Limits, directed by legendary HELEN SHAVER. You can still catch the episode on www.nbc.com/revolution/video (aired 4/2/14).
DALLAS: LIke a Bad Penny. Bobby and Brenda battle with Dr. Monika Englert (ME) to get Sue Ellen released from the hospital. (Guess who wins?) You can view the episode at www.tntdrama.com/shows/dallas/season-3/episode-7/like-a-bad-penny.html (aired 4/7/14).
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WEB-SERIES- plural!
BAIL OUT. I’m so excited to join the cast of BAIL OUT, written, directed by and starring DENNIS O’NEILL as an ex-NYC cop who moves to Ft.Worth to take over his uncle’s bail bond business. The Irish Mob is following him (for protection!) and I’m one of the ever-suffering “Agony Sisters” who are comin’ along. ANNE LOCKHART plays sister Anna to my Josie. We are a hoot!
DELPHIS. Looking for something a little different? Take a look at DELPHIS, a webseries written and directed by SCOT MICHAEL WALKER, who also stars. Scot was an actor looking for an agent when he decided to produce something that would really show him off. He plays a suburban dad who's having an affair with -- a stuffed dolphin. I know that sounds strange but it's hilarious if a little raw. He has tea parties to which he invites other stuffed animals (besides his girlfriend Delphis) and that's where I come in. I play Sophie, a stuffed dog (the live action version) who challenges his position as head of the tea table. Check it out on youtube. There are 4 episodes. I'm in # 4. NOTE: Preview if before you tell your mom (or kids) about it.
PIGGY’S LAMENT (formerly OF MICE AND MARY). Writer-director-actress STACY CUNNINGHAMS's pilot about women and ghosts on Death Row screened at the USA Film Festival in Dallas to great acclaim. (See the photo of me with noose marks on my neck.)
TREADING THE BOARDS
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR. Summer '16 got off to a sizzling start playing the aged Irish widow, Aoife, in this charming piece my John Patrick Shanley at WaterTower Theatre, directed by the fantastic Rene Moreno. You'll get a grand taste of it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P2IeC7XVJo. Here's a sample of what the critics had to say:
Watching (John) Davies and Cronauer is like watching a couple of Bentleys roll unceremoniously down the street. They make it look so easy as they mine their characters for every bit of realness, trading back and forth as Tony and Aiofe in that way that people who have been friends for many years tend to do. Janice L. Franklin, published Friday, June 10, 2016, THEATERJONES.COM
FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS. I was honored to share the UNDERMAIN THEATRE stage with the amazing cast of this play by MEG MIROSHNIK, directed by DYLAN KEY. I played a (maybe?) witch of a woman who loves to fatten up little girls and … you know the story. Great show, great houses, great press — and a wonderful radio interview of me for KERA by Jerome Weeks. http://artandseek.net/2014/11/25/gail-cronauer-the-actress-as-wily-magical-witch/
5-shows-in-5-days! That was the Facebook challenge to actors: post photos and thoughts on 5 shows that shaped your career. Check out my choices on under PHOTOS.
CLASSES AND COACHING
I am THRILLED to be part of the launch of a new MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE training opportunity in Dallas! Here's information from the press release and a quote from me.
Theatre Three, in collaboration with the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA) has announced new performance training classes for adult actors, both professional and novice, who are seeking to learn more about the art and science of acting. In this endeavor Theatre Three seeks to fulfill one of the tenets of its mission statement—to provide a nurturing environment for artists to learn and grow. The theatre will offer classes on Theatre Three’s Norma Young Arena Stage. Dates for upcoming six week sessions, costing $150.00 for students who enroll three weeks in advance or earlier of their session and $180.00 for regular enrollment, will be announced soon. A special audition technique class, open to any interested performers, will also be offered. The audition technique class is an add-on session costing $50.These classes will explore the acting technique developed and taught by master acting teacher and actor Michael Chekhov, and will be taught by highly respected actor and NMCA certified teacher, Gail Cronauer.
“Michael Chekhov’s work and technique is a gift to the performing artist — or anyone interested in peak performance,” says Cronauer. “It gives the actor real tools, fosters a healthy aesthetic, unlocks the imagination, enlivens the body and voice and fosters ease, confidence and courage.”
Learn more about the Michael Chekhov Technique on Master Teacher Lisa Dalton's website: http://www.chekhov.net.
I continue to teach at Collin College in Plano, Texas. Please take time to check out this outstanding theatre department and program. http://www.collintheatrecenter.com You can view production photos there (I directed a wonderful production of ANON(YMOUS) at CTC last fall) as well as information about our outstanding faculty of theatre professionals, successful alumni (e.g., Broadway and TV stars BRIAN J. SMITH, JASON RALPH, MICHAEL URIE) and upcoming season and AUDITIONS.
I am privileged to serve on the BOARD of SAG-AFTRA, DFW! I am so proud to be working with this amazing group of people to promote our industry and its talent.
Check out the clips on AUDIO/VIDEO as well PHOTOS. SPOILER ALERT: That's me and James Logan on the set of UNDYING.
The annual Collin Theatre Center Awards banquet honors student, community and staff artists who made the former season successful. We also induct former students who are working professionally into our HALL OF FAME. Recent inductees: JASON RALPH, actor and producer who skyrocketed to fame in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and JAMES ORTIZ, actor, puppet-master and creator of THE WOODSMAN, which reopened off -Broadway in 2015. James and Jason founded New York-based STRANGEMEN & COMPANY.
I had the pleasure of working of Andrew Librizzi's film as Joycee, the dispatcher. The townspeople of Leonard, Texas were thrilled to host the shoot.
Let's hear it for TEXAS-based production! Here I am with former Collin College (CTC) student Cherami Leigh who stars along with Todd Terry.
I was thrilled to be honored in the BEST ACTRESS category by the DFW Theatre Critics for my portrayal of Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS at Lyric Stage, 2007. I also received a Column Award as BEST ACTRESS/Equity. What a year THAT was!
Members of the first Michael Chekhov Introductory Class at Theatre 3. Stay tuned for information about upcoming classes.
STAGE is a fantastic resource for actors in the Dallas area: classes, workshops and MORE! Contact them at www.stage-online.org, 214-630-7722. I will be teaching ACTING ON CAMERA in February/March. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF STAGE TO ENROLL! Join today!!
I am available for private coaching: personal development, beginning instruction, evaluations, audition preparation for stage or screen. Contact me through this site for more information about my methods and fees.