Randolph Clarke Harrison, called Randy, was born on November
2, 1977 in Nashua
New Hampshire. His father is executive officer in a society working in the
paper industry, his mother is an artist and his brother is a bank manager.
At the age of 11, Randy moved with his family to Alpharetta
a northern suburb 45 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. Randy was a shy teenager
with just a few trusted friends. He attended middle schools not far from his
home and later on he went to a private high school with an excellent program
of performing arts. After that, Randy attended the University
of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
and graduated with a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) in March, 2000.
Randy is clearly a veteran of the stage because he started acting at the age
of 7, after his parents had taken him to a theatrical representation of PeterPan.
As a kid, he was in the children’s chorus in Oliver
(1985), and played the role of Winthrop in The
Later on, while attending college, Randy played various roles in many theatrical
productions such as "Hello Again," Shopping
and "Children of Eden." He also worked
in several theaters throughout the U.S.A. Randy’s favorite performances
have been "Violet" at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, "1776"
at the St. Louis Municipal Theatre and West
at the Forestburg Playhous, A
Midsummer Night's Dream
, "The Real Inspector
Hound" and "A Cheever Evening."
Randy’s debut on television was in 2000, with the controversial
provocative Showtim's “Queer as Folk”, closed in 2005, in which
Randy played the role of Justin Taylor. He also played Sean in the TV movie
Bang, You’re Dead
based on the namesake theatrical play. Aside from the success he had achieved
working on television, Randy kept working in theatre: in 2002 he played the
role of Casey in A
Letter From Ethel Kennedy, off Broadway with
the Manhattan Class Company, and he played the role of Marshall in Deviant,
with the Kiva Company at the New York International Fringe Festival. During
the summer 2004, Randy was Boq in Wicked,
at the Gershwin Theatre, Broadway, and in July 2005 he had the leading role
playing the role of Alan Strang at the Berkshire Theatre
Festival. Still at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, in July 2006, Randy played
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus
Randy loves working on stage so much that he doesn’t want to go back
to television shows. He’s a very strong and determined man, and he knows
perfectly what he wants from his life. Randy is also a very reserved person
and he’s not comfortable in talking about his personal life. He has
a tattoo on his left arm, near the shoulder: it’s a little scorpion,
matching his zodiacal sign.
November 2006 Update:
Randy, along with Marci Adilman
a group of artists, with
their base in Brooklyn, whose mission is to produce and develop its members’
projects. This versatile organization encompasses: theatre, music, graphics,
films and writings. The Art’s Bureau uses various media to promote and
broaden its members’ projects and to become a versatile community in
perpetual development. Randy also co-starred in An
at the Perry StreetTheatre, New York, and Tennessee
at the Guthrie
,receiving amazing reviews.
June 2007 Update:
On June 1, 2007, Randy and Marci Adilman starred
in “Heartwarming story, ultimately”, a play produced by “the
Art’s Bureau”, which had its first debut in theatres. Randy will
also be involved in two plays for the Berkshire Theatre Festival: “One
flew over the Cuckoo’s nest” and “Ms.Warren’s profession”,
in July 2007.
Randy debuted at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, in
Stockbridge, with “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest”, playing
the role of Billy Bibbit, a very complex character that Randy was able to
portray in a very sophisticated way and was, as a matter of fact, described
as “the heart of the play”. But that’s not all. On August
14, 2007, again at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Randy played the role of
Frank Gardner in Mrs
, obviously obtaining very positive
reviews once again.
December 2007 Update: In December 2007 the much rumored play “Edward
the Second” debuted at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York, with
Randy playing Spencer. From March to May 2008 then, Randy played the role
of Eros in
and Cleopatra. Another huge success came to Randy in summer
2008 with SamuelBeckett’s play Waiting
where he played the challenging role of Lucky, along with the talented and
really likeable StephenDeRosa, DavidAtkins, DavidSchramm and the young CooperStanton.
Randy, with his 5 minutes long monologue, mesmerized and amazed the audience
and the critics.
November 2008 Update: From October 31 to November 2, 2008,
Randy attended a Queer as Folk/The L Word convention in Paris, France. Sessions
for autographs, pictures, questions and answers made those days very intense
for him. The convention has been for him a nice walk down memory lane and
a way to get reacquainted with the old Showtime series. On November 17, 2008,
the Red Bull Theatre, hosted a reading of The
malcontent by John Marston that saw Randy among its
players; he had the role of Celso and was directed by EthanMcSweeny. His part
was rather small but he was nonetheless able to capture the audience’s
December 2008 Update: On December 13, 2008, Randy was again
at the Red Bull Theatre but this time in the audience. He enjoyed the play
“Women beware women” and attended the following VIP party along
with actors, costume designer and other special guests.
January 2010 Update: On February 12th, 2009, the casting
for the newest play directed by Anders Cato was announced by the Berkshire
theater. The play was “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen, and Randy had
the role of Oswald Alving. The play started on August 11th, 2009.
In the (tAB) newsletter of March 5th, 2009, three screenings of “…thinking”
were announced in three different festivals: the Durango Independent Film
Festival from March 4th to 8th, in Durango; the Female Eye Festival, in Toronto
from March 25th to 29th, and the Atlanta Film Festival from April 16th to
Randy, along with his friend and BTF collegue James Barry, performed at the
Joe’s Pub in New York. The two of them staged a hilarious parody of
a famous song.
On April 10th, 2009, Randy starred in “The Singing Forest”. The
play didn’t have much success, though. Randy was amazing as usual but
the play itself was criticized. Opening night was April 28th, 2009, at the
Public Theatre. Pictures by J. Pellegrini.
On June 1st, 2009, Randy attended a benefit at the Red Bull Theatre. Awarded
that night with the annual Matador Award for Classic Theatre were Heather
Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Michael Urie e George Mayer JR.
June 24th, 2009, Randy performed at the Joe’s Pub again. This time he
was dressed as a lifeguard, and sang Keri Hilson’s “Knock you
down" with Bridget Everett.
(tAB)’s newsletter of June 2009, announced a screening of “…thinking”
at the "Long Island International Film Expo" on June 12th, and at
the "Shambhala Arts Festival" on June 13th in the "Shambhala
Meditation Center" in Los Angeles.
On August 11th, 2009, Randy started his new adventure at Berkshire with Ibsen’s
“Ghosts”, directed by Cato. The play received wonderful reviews;
the alliance between Randy and Cato worked its magic this time, too. Randy
gave to Larry Murray a beautiful interview about the play, and he spoke a
lot about his own character (read the interview HERE.)
On September 14th, 2009, Randy was announced as special guest for William
Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” at the Red Bull Theatre.
Randy attended just the afterparty.
On October 1st, 2009, was at the "Emlin Theatre" in Mamaroneck (New
York) for a ‘behind the scenes’ look on how to take Shakespeare
from page to stage, and he performed in "Measure to Measure" with
Elisabeth Waterston and Ezra Knight.
On October 12th, 2009, Randy was interviewed by Professor Elliot at the Gordon
Theatre (RutgersUniversity). He spoke about his whole career, and his most
famous roles. The event was free.
November 27th, 2009, Randy became Andy Warhol in “POP!” at the
Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, Connecticut.) The play was directed by
Mark Brokaw. This musical had an amazing success. Randy gave an interview
about this play, and you can read it HERE.
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