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Rand Harmon

Rand Harmon

Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies

School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(303) 819-8607


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.

Professional/Academic Experience

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 Experience

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).

Research/Areas of Interest

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.

Publications/Creative Works

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.

Honors and Awards

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.