Harris Doran is an award-winning Juilliard trained actor, writer, director and producer. He was chosen by Backstage as one of "Backstage 30: actors on the verge of breaking out." He is unique in that he worked extensively as an actor, writer, director, teach and producer in film, television, plays, and musicals. Harris currently teaches Directing the Actor in the Columbia University MFA film program. Has taught at Broadway Artists Alliance, Point Park University, University of Connecticut, and NYFA where he has taught first year acting, acting for film, and acting for television. He will work with you on making your work clear, specific and true to who you are as a performer.
Current clients have booked leading and supporting roles in film, television, Broadway and touring companies.
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"Hands down, I do my best work with Harris Doran. And, really, that's what you're looking for with an acting coach - the person who's going to draw out your best. He's worn (and worked in) all the hats. So his ability to decode a text and then help the actor manifest all the colors and textures available on that framework sets him apart. He's got impeccable taste, so he won't settle for anything less than a fully-realized, fully-nuanced, fully-authentic performance. Always encouraging, always engaged, always present; never humiliating, aloof, or heavy-handed in his approach." - Drama Desk Nominee BRYCE RYNESS
Broadway: First Date, Hair (Drama Desk nom), Leap of Faith, Legally Blonde; Off-Broadway in Around the World in 80 Days, Hair, See Rock City. Tour: Rent. Film: Tangled (Thug). TV: "Law & Order: SVU," "Just For Kicks," "Late Show: Letterman," "Tonight Show: Conan."
"Harris helped me not to take myself so seriously - and pushed me forward so that I could get out of my own way. He's someone that I trust very much and is always a source of inspiration!!!" - NATALIE JOY JOHNSON
Current: Kinky Boots (Broadway). Broadway: Legally Blonde. Other credits: Legally Blonde (National Tour), bare: a pop opera; How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes; Godspell (National Tour); Slut. Film: When in Rome. Natalie's solo club act has played all throughout NYC. www.nataliejoyjohnson.com
"Harris has helped me to book 5 Broadway/Off-Bway shows within a 3 year period. He helps me breakdown the text, find the essence of and put my stamp on the character while always staying true and focusing on telling the story. Harris is my secret weapon!!!! Most importantly, he makes me feel like a ROCKSTAR!" - BRIDGET BERGER
Broadway: Jersey Boys, Curtains, The Pajama Game. Tour: Sweet Charity. Off-Broadway: The Voyage of the Carcass, Two Gentlemen of Verona . NY: Construction (Mint), Maid's Tragedy (HERE), Cindy Sings (Women's Project). Film/TV: Farm Girl in New York, "Nashville," "Life on Mars," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (recurring). BFA, Carnegie Mellon.
"Harris is a very smart actor and a terrific coach. I really trust his instincts. I know when I work with him that I will be armed with confidence at my audition." - SARA CHASE
Broadway: First Date. Off-Broadway/Regional: Toxic Avenger (Off-Broadway), Slut, Godspell (Papermill Playhouse), Prairie, First Wives Club, Tales Of The City, Death Takes a Holiday, Kristina, Legally Blonde, Ever After. Film: The Winning Season, Uncertainty, Little Black Book. Television: "Law & Order," "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light." BFA Boston University. www.sarachase.com
"Harris's coaching style is unlike any other: he has a gift of bringing out an actor's unique personality in any role." - MEGAN SIKORA
Broadway: Curtains, Wicked, Dracula, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street. Other: Oklahoma (Paper Mill), A Connecticut Yankee (Encores!), MTC's The Wild Party, Anything Goes (California Musical Theatre), "29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," four original cast recordings. Megan was nominated for an L.A. Ovation Award for the role of Bambi in the Ahmanson production of Curtains. BA in dance, Point Park University.
"I am understudying the role of Adelaide in Broadway's Guys and Dolls thanks to Harris's insight and help. As I prepare to go on in the role, Harris continues to be a confidence-building coach." - LORIN LATARRO
Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Curtains, A Chorus Line, The Apple Tree, Movin Out, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate, Swing!, Spamalot, Wonderful Town, Fosse, Encores' Hansel and Gretel. Regional: Hugh Jackman at Wynn, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, West Side Story. Also Momix, Martha Graham. TV: "Grease" (Ass't. Choreo.), "Ed" (recurring). BFA, Juilliard. www.latarro.com
Broadway: Dracula; 42nd Street; Never Gonna Dance (Workshop). Off-Broadway: Candide (NY City Opera); Saved (workshop, Playwright's Hoizons); No, No Nanette and Stairway to Paradise (NY CIty Center Encores!), Jersey Boys (Chicago). Television & Film: "One Life to Live," "Guiding Light," Tiny Dancer, Red Hook and Confessions of a Shopoholic. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University.www.shonnwiley.com
"Harris used language which the dancer in me could easily translate. He broke it down in a manner that made it natural. I now feel secure and confident that I can hold my own in any audition situation. Harris is no joke!" - RENEE MONIQUE BROWN
Broadway: All Shook Up. 1st National Tours: The Color Purple (Original Cast), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella, Joseph.... NY: Harlem Song, Blues Rooms, Samson and Dalilah. Film: "Beloved."
"Harris' approach was simple, direct and immediately useful. I called him a few days before I had to go on for a part I was understudying. He loosened me up where I had codified my choices and got me listening. Not only that but it was pleasant, even fun. I highly recommend him to anyone, even acting novices like me." - LISA GAJDA
Broadway: Pal Joey ; Cry-Baby; The Times They Are A-Changin'; Spamalot; Movin Out; Taboo; Urban Cowboy; Sweet Smell of Success; Kiss Me, Kate; Fosse; H2$; Tommy. Other NY: Applause (Encores!), Brigadoon (workshop), The Chita Project, Can-Can (Encores!). TV: "Kennedy Center Honors," "Fashion Rocks," "MTV Video Music Awards," "Viva Variety," 63rd and 64th Academy Awards.
"Down Dog," "Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda," MTC's The American Pilot, Hugh Hughes on One Life to Live, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Army Wives, Damages, "27 Dresses," "The Good Shepard"
"Harris' coaching style is unbeatable. He comes prepared to every session and guides you through creating a character, beat breakdowns, and understanding the scene. He helps you make specific, interesting, and unique choices. Every time I've coached an audition with Harris, I walk in and nail it. He gives you the confidence and tools that you need. Plus, he's a nice guy and makes you feel comfortable automatically. I can't recommend him enough!" - STEPHANIE YOUELL
Broadway: Curtains. National tour: Mamma Mia. BFA in Musical Theatre from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
"Harris himself is such an insightful and fearless actor, and he always tries to instill that courage in me when we work together. He hones in immediately on what makes each actor unique and really helps to put that into the material, so you're truly bringing yourself to it. Best of all, he makes you feel safe. I'd recommend him to anyone!!!!" - GWEN HOLLANDER
National Tours: Little Women, Titanic, Footloose. Film & TV: "From Earth to the Moon," "2005 Jerry Lewis Telethon," "Mystery Files of Shelby Woo." Boston Conservatory. www.gwenhollander.com
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