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 35 years has written and performed one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. Her latest, Memoir: Poems, Dances & Songs, was presented at Laura Simms Story Salon, Mar 2015. She has performed various versions of 1929, about her mother's & godmother's hitchhike across the States. In 2008, she premiered ISBA at La MaMa ETC. 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 Harrison 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 Cabaret, with director Pablo Vela, Lily Pink and Allison Sniffin. Ms. Harrison teaches upstate at the West Kortright Centre. She has an ongoing workshop, "Characters in Motion" 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 ALIA Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia., now residing at Naropa in Colorado. 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.
Teaching and Research Interests
character acting and performance; storytelling; dance; Buddhist and Taoist studies
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1965
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.
Professsor Harrison performed in "Blind Date" at Saturday Salon at Metro Baptist Church February 2015 in New York, New York.
Professsor Harrison ws a member of the Creative Process team at Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) June 2014, in Tacoma, Wa., taught a workshop with her daughter Hannah Pearl Walcott - "Spontaneous Theater across the Generations." Lanny was also part of a performance at ALIA, with Arawana Hayashi, Barbara Bash, Jerry Granelli and HP Walcott. On Sept. 11, 2014, Lanny performed in a benefit for Tibet House here in NYC, curated by guitarist and singer, Terre Roche. In October 2014, Lanny taught MFA theater students and was part of a performance at Naropa University in Boulder, Co. celebrating their 40th Anniversary.