Faculty of Theatre
Harris is an actor, teacher director and fight choreographer, with a BA in Theatre and Film from Murdoch University, Australia and the University of Miami. He also earned an MFA in Acting and Voice from Florida Atlantic University and Ohio University. He studied voice training intensively with Arthur Lessac at the Arthur Lessac Research and Training Center (Santa Monica, CA), a certified actor-combatant with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (United Kingdom).
Harris has served as adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), Florida International University (Miami, FL) and Central Piedmont College (Charlotte, North Carolina). He has also taught at Blue Lake School of The Arts (Blue Lake, Michigan). In Singapore, he was Programme Leader of Performance at LASALLE College of the Arts.
He was teaching Acting, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Stage Fight/Dramatic Combat and Performance Studies, on top of running and heading the programme.
Based on a teaching philosophy that he is there to facilitate and guide, Harris uses techniques and approaches that are rooted in explorations that are connected to the physical and physical body.
With stage experience spanning several genres and continents, Harris has worked with American theatre companies such as Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Florida Shakespeare and Atlanta. His productions in Singapore include Pancha Tantra and I Theatre’s Of Mice and Men, and Man-Woman-Child. His most recent collaboration in 2014 was …The Silent Lines Of Its Lines with Collective Mayhem presented at The Arts House Singapore.
On top of holding a post as a committee member (2013-2015) of Singapore Drama Educator Association, Harris was also the Sub-Committee that looked at the Ethics and Code of Practice for Drama Educators in Singapore (2011-2012). At LASALLE College of the Arts, he is the Committee Chair of the PPD (Personal and Professional Development) Committee. He is also a member of British Academy of Dramatic Combat.
Between 2011-2012 his research area directed him to look at how Silat, a Malay traditional martial arts, can be used to affect the performer and performance; Currently his research area is looking at bridging and creating a hybrid rehearsal language and actor training language. This approach aims to bridge Mak Yong (Kelantanese traditional dance drama) and American/Western directing methodologies. All his research areas and interests lie in bringing traditional practices, which are physically based, into the contemporary.