Jacob Cramer is a senior in Benjamin Franklin College studying psychology and Spanish. You can find the Cleveland native directing original plays and acting workshops as artistic director of Yale Children’s Theater or scare acting year-round at Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor haunt. He’s passionate about helping kids unleash their creativity and build confidence and aspires to create children’s TV programming and theater professionally. Our new Eli Ambassador also enjoys content creation, which helped him build a global nonprofit, Love For Our Elders, which has connected thousands of young people to isolated, struggling elders. Oh, and he’s a huge Swiftie!

Why did you choose Yale?
Growing up, so many people I admired went to Yale – writers, activists, and even Teddy Duncan from “Good Luck Charlie.” I was excited about its emphasis on the arts and hoped to delve into its creative writing courses and student-written productions.

What has been your most inspiring class so far?
I shopped Grammatical Diversity in U.S. English on a whim, but ended up falling in love with the course. As a first-year, I got to learn alongside fourth-year linguistics majors in a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. I've always been a writer, but the class let me explore language in a new way and I came to better understand and appreciate the many ways in which people communicate around the world.

What has been your most fulfilling experience as a student?
Being in Yale Children’s Theater! We share theater with students in grades K-12 in Greater New Haven and have on-campus and touring productions, an improvisation troupe, and weekly acting workshops. YCT has let me be myself in every way, and be silly, always! It’s an amazing community and has truly been the best part of my college experience, and I will forever be grateful.

What's your favorite pizza place in New Haven?
Sally's Apizza

What are you most looking forward to after commencement?  
I've become a Yale Hospitality stan (they really are the best) and can't wait to see what they whip up after the ceremony! After that, I'm excited to spend time with family over the summer before I pursue my career.

What advice would you give to a prospective student? 
Make every day an adventure (geocaching and buttery hops are a must!), try new things (that's how I found myself working year-round as a scare actor at Connecticut's largest indoor haunt), and study abroad if you can (por favor!).


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