School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Rand holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from The University of Texas at Austin.
Rand Harmon is a theatre director, producer, educator, and a creative entrepreneur. Rand is the founding Artistic Director of site-specific theatre company Specific Gravity Ensemble, and the original creator of Specific Gravity's signature events Elevator Plays, Elevator Plays 2: Beyond the Norm!, and Elevator Plays3.
Other professional directing credits include: The Tempest (Colorado Shakespeare Festival Anti-bullying Initiative Tour 2013) Noises Off! (CU Boulder), Macbeth, The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard, and Marco Polo and InterLifeChangeCycle, two short site-specific performance events featured at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival Kick-off Parties (Specific Gravity Ensemble), The Tragedy ofJulius Caesar and Sweet Bird of Youth (Indiana University Southeast), Twelfth Night (Public Theatre of Kentucky), Ham Macbeth and The Ding Dongs; Or What is the Penalty in Portugal? (square product theatre), and I Am My Own Wife (Pandora Productions).
Rand's academic and research interests focus primarily on the theory, practice and history of site-based and immersive theatre, theatre entrepreneurship and management, directorial and collaborative conceptualization, and contemporary Shakespearean production.
Rand's doctoral dissertation is titled "Site-based Theatre of 21st Century Great Britain: Conceptualizing Audience Experience," which identifies and investigates conceptual methods employed by seven leading creators of noted site-based theatre works in England, Scotland and Wales over the past decade. Rand's article "Hamlet on Alcatraz: A Journey Into the Power of Sacred Space" was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Ecumenica Journal. Rand's review, "Red Earth's CHALK: Exploring Heritage and Myth through Ritual Performance of Place" was featured in Unstructured.5 Extra, a British on-line Art journal. He co-authored a one-act play with his wife Barb Harmon, "InterLifeChangeCycle (a play for site-specific performance)," published in the 2010 issue of Palimpsest; A Creative Journal of the Humanities.
Rand's site-specific work with Specific Gravity Ensemble (SGE) was featured in David Wohl's article "Site-Specific Theatre" in the Spring 2014 issue of Southern Theatre. After a six-year hiatus, Specific Gravity Ensemble is planning a return to active production in the near future.