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Lanny Harrison

Lanny Harrison

Part-time Faculty
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965

Lanny Harrison, character actress, dancer and cabaret artist, began her career in the New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. She has played character roles in Off-Broadway musicals and films and, for the past 30 years has written and performed one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. Her latest, ISBA, premiered at La MaMa ETC. in 2008. Ms. Harrison has performed a number of theatrical duets, including Cooking Up  a Storm , with her late husband, musician Collin Walcott; Acts from Under and Above with Meredith Monk; Sense and Nonsense with Steve Clorfeine and Act Without Words II by Samuel Beckett also with Mr. Clorfeine. Ms. Harrison and Lily Pink have presented their vaudeville show, The Bat Sisters , at various venues in NYC and in upstate NY. Ms Harrsion has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk's theater company, since 1969, and has played leading roles in many of Ms. Monk's productions, most recently Mercy and a revival of Quarry at the Spoleto Festival. She is also a member of Cocktail Caberet, with director Pablo Vela, Lily Pink and Allison Sniffin. Currently Ms Harrison is at work on a show about her mother’s and godmother’s hitch-hike across the States in 1929. Ms. Harrison teaches acting for children upstate at the West Kortright Centre and in the Arts in Education Program. She has an ongoing workshop at the NY Shambhala Center and has taught at Naropa University for many years. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Shambhala Arts team at the Shambhala Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At Gallatin Ms. Harrison teaches a theater course integrating Eastern contemplative disciplines and Western theatrical technique. Since 1973, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is certified as a meditation instructor.


She performed in "Blind Date" at Saturday Salon at Metro Baptist Church February 2015 in New York, New York.

Professsor Harrison presented "Memoir" a collection of poems, dances and songs from 1971 to present at Laura Simms' Story Salon in March 2015 in New York, New York.

In June 2015, Harrison performed at Slipper Room for the release of Imprint, Terre Roche's latest CD release.

In July 2015, she produced and performed in Salon in the Barn upstate with jazz singer Jay Clayton, percussionist Robin Daniels, singer Lynn Fischer and dancer Deborah Gladstein.

In September 2015, she performed at Salon in the Barn with Steve Clorfeine, Bob Rosen, and Mosh Statham.

Along with Steve Clorfeine at Cocoon Theatre/Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, she performed "Take One & other Nomadic Events" in September 2015.

In September 2014, she performed in a benefit for Tibet House in New York, curated by guitarist and singer Terre Roche.

In 2015, she is teaching a workshop, "Characters in Motion," at Shambhala Meditation Center in New York and in November 2015, she will teach at Yale University.

In October 2014, Lanny taught MFA theater students and was part of a performance at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in celebration of the University's 40th anniversary.

Professsor Harrison was a member of the Creative Process team at Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) June 2014, in Tacoma, Washington, and taught a workshop with Hannah Pearl Walcott: "Spontaneous Theater across the Generations."

Harrison was also part of a 2014 performance at ALIA, with Arawana Hayashi, Barbara Bash, Jerry Granelli and HP Walcott.  


Contact Information

Lanny Harrison

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 429
(212) 998-7314
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Office Hours
Wednesday 12:45-1:45


2015 Spring

Performing Stories: East Meets West
Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

2014 Spring

Performing Stories: East Meets West
Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

2013 Spring

Performing Stories: East Meets West
Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

2012 Spring

Performing Stories: East Meets West
Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

2011 Spring

Performing Stories: East Meets West
Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

character acting and performance; storytelling; dance; Buddhist and Taoist studies

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