Stanley Harrison has been acting and teaching actors for more than 40 years. A veteran of the New York stage, his work as teacher, mentor and coach has helped many find careers in the theater including work on Broadway. His performance career runs the gamut from New York venues, including The American Globe in such classics as Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Three Sisters, to Regional stages, including The Barter Theatre, The White Barn Theatre and The Ice House Theatre, to name but a few. Stanley’s film and television credits include Riffed for Caravan Films, a stint on The Sopranos and a variety of voice-over work through the years.
His teaching roster has included such names as J. C. Sheets who performed as the alternate Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables and as Jean Valjean for the Australian production, and David Klatt who performed in the Broadway production of La Cage Aux Folles.
Mr. Harrison also built not one, but two theaters in New York City with the mission of producing new works.
West Liberty University and the Ohio Valley owe much to this amazing talent. The Kelly Theatre stands as a tribute to his knowledge and diligence as he was instrumental in its design during his tenure as Director at West Liberty State College from 1962-1979.
While in Wheeling, he directed summer musicals at the Amphitheater in Oglebay Park, performed with the Wheeling Symphony under the direction of Robert Kreiss, and introduced Broadway musicals and serious theater to the College. Along with Helen MT Kelly, Stanley developed the WLSC theatre into a program that has produced students that have gone on to perform on Broadway, television and film. They have also found success as Artistic and General Managers of Regional theaters, leaders in Academic Theater and so much more.
Mr. Harrison’s education includes an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, with additional study with Stein Burger, the Director of the National Theatre of Norway and Eric Byrak, the Director of the National Theatre of Holland.
Mr. Harrison is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
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