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 40 years, has written and performed one-woman shows which have toured America and Europe. She has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk's theater company, since 1969, and has played leading roles in many of Monk's productions, most recently Mercy and a revival of Quarryl. She is also a member of Cocktail Cabaret, with director Pablo Vela, Lily Pink, and Allison Sniffin. Harrison's recent shows include Memoir: Poems, Dances & Songs, 1929, and ISBA - Dreams, Memories, Other Lives. She 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. Harrison and Lily Pink have presented their vaudeville show The Bat Sisters at various venues in NYC and in upstate New York.
Harrison teaches at the West Kortright Centre and at Naropa University. Her on ongoing workshop, "Characters in Motion" runs at the Shambhala Center of New York. Since 2000, she was a member of the Shambhala Arts team at ALIA Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At Gallatin, Harrison teaches a theater course integrating Eastern contemplative disciplines and movement and theatrical improvisation. Since 1973, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is certified as a meditation instructor. Harrison is at work on a sourcebook of her theater exercises Characters in Motion.
Teaching and Research Interests
character acting and performance; storytelling; dance; Buddhist and Taoist studies
Lanny Harrison has presented her latest show, Memoir, a collection of poems, dances and songs from 1971 to present in various venues in in New York City and upstate.
In 2016, Harrison, in collaboration with long-time theater partner Steve Clorfeine and percussionist Robin Daniels, presented Another Nomadic Event at Unison Center in New Paltz, New York. In Dec. 2017, Harrison and Daniels created and performed Holiday Show, for the 3rd year, at The Century Association in NYC. They are now at work on a new collaboration to be performed summer 2018 in Harrison's performance barn in upstate New York.