Randolph Clarke Harrison
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 Music Man (1987).

Later on, while attending college, Randy played various roles in many theatrical productions such as "Hello Again," Shopping and Fucking 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 Side Story 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 and 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 Bang, Youre Dead, film 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 in Equus, 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, created "The Arts Bureau" 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 oak treeat the Perry StreetTheatre, New York, and Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie Theater,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.
July 2007 Update: 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 Warren's profession, 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 Antony and Cleopatra. Another huge success came to Randy in summer 2008 with SamuelBeckett’s play Waiting for Godot 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 attention.

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 25th.

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.

On 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.

On 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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