Harris Doran is an award-winning actor, writer and director who was born
and raised in Flushing, Queens. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High
School of Performing Arts before studying acting at The Juilliard School.
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In November, Harris was chosen by Backstage as one of this year’s
“Backstage 30: Actors on the verge of breaking out”
“Yet the show stealer of this fab four is perhaps Harris Doran. He has some pretty great lines, and in lesser
hands they'd plunk, and possibly derail the storyline. Yet, his acting choices are so untelegraphed, at the end,
you have nothing to say but wow.” - Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
JUNCTION, feature flm by Tony Glazer. Harris stars as “Spot” along with Neal Ble dsoe,
Summer Crockett-Moore, Tom Pelphrey, Michael O’Keefe, Anthony Rapp, and David
Zayas. Pat McCorkle, Casting Director.
JUNCTION is now available on DVD and to rent on Redbox.
MY BEST DAY
“talented cast”… “One of the funnier threads in the film is Eugene’s (Harris Doran) search
for “meatless meat” for the barbecue…” – John Anderson, Variety
MY BEST DAY, feature flm by Erin Greenwell. Harris stars as “Eugene” along with Ashlie
Atkinson, Raul Castillo and Kate McKinnon. Allison Twardziak, Casting Director.
MY BEST DAY premiered at The Sundance Film Festival
**Winner: Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature**
MY BEST DAY enjoyed a healthy festival run and opened in limited release in theatres in
2013. The flm is now available on VOD.
ARMS AND THE MAN
ARMS AND THE MAN, feature flm by John Jaquish. Shot on 35mm B&W flm. PostProduction. www.armsandthemanflm.com
WE’RE DOING FINE
WE’RE DOING FINE, feature flm by Djuna Wahlrab. Harris stars as “John” opposite
Shirley Rumierk. Mike Landry, Executive Producer. Anne Teutschel, Casting Director.
COACH OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR, feature flm by David Stott. Harris stars as “Coach Jack Wright”
with Melissa Archer, Edward Herrmann, James McCaffrey. Donna McKenna, Casting
A CRY FROM WITHIN
A CRY FROM WITHIN, feature flm by Zach Miller and Deborah Twiss. Supporting Role.
The flm stars Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty and Robert Vaughn. Donna McKenna, Casting
’79 PARTS, feature flm by Ari Taub. Supporting Role. The flm stars Eric Roberts,
Sandra Bernhard. Donna McKenna, Casting Director. Post-Production.
THE SEA IS ALL I KNOW
THE SEA IS ALL I KNOW, short flm by Jordan Bayne. Supporting Role. The flm stars
Melissa Leo and Peter Gerety. Released.
PERSON OF INTEREST, CBS
THE BLACK DONNELLYS, NBC
EXPOSING THE ORDER OF THE SERPENTINE, Spike TV
MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, FOX
ANY DAY NOW, Lifetime
MONTAUK BOYS, Series Regular
REAL ACTORS READ, Recurring
THE STORY OF MILO & ANNIE
(Rachel McKeon and Cathy Moriarty)
THE STORY OF MILO & ANNIE, short flm written & directed by Harris Doran. The flm
stars Rachel McKeon, Harris Doran, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Alysia Reiner and
Academy Award Nominee Cathy Moriarty. It is currently having a successful festival run.
Film available for viewing upon request. www.miloandannie.com
**WINNER** Best Narrative Short Film, Indie Memphis Film Festival
*NOMINATED* Best Short Film, Golden Door Film Festival
*NOMINATED* Best Short Film, Long Island International Film Expo
COG (2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist, PAGE quarterfinalist, Write
Movies screenwriting contest WINNER)
IN THE WAKE (2014 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition semifinalist)
ATTICUS BROWN IS STILL HERE (2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
Screenwriter's Lab finalist, currently in the second round of the Sundance/Sloan)
AN UNOFFICIAL OF MICE AND MEN REMAKE
Harris has written lyrics for recording artists MARIAN RAVEN (Top 10 European Single),
A BAND CALLED FREDDY, and SHANE.
Harris is the lyricist of the musical BLEEDING LOVE which has been part of The National
Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), was developed at The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony
at Goodspeed, Penn State and AMAS, had a developmental production at the Spirit of
Broadway Theatre and will have its world premiere in Denmark, Spring, 2015.
Harris is the bookwriter/lyricist for the pop/rock/funk/r&b musical SALVAGE.
(Harris Doran and Donna Lynne Champlin)
**NYMF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: Outstanding Individual Performance**
**Talkin' Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citation: Outstanding Actor**
Patrick Lee – Outstanding Performances of the Year: "In Love Jerry, at NYMF, Harris Doran
and Donna Lynne Champlin stunned with the intensity and truthfulness of their
emotionally raw performances."
"Doran is a revelation, committing fearlessly to "Move Closer," a harrowingly honest song.
The cast give committed, fiercely brave performances." - Patrick Lee, Theatermania
"Doran never condescends to or judges Jerry, but unlocks all the pent-up longing and
simmering loneliness that made him who he is; he also refuses to settle for easy answers,
guarding certain game-changing secrets with a suffocating intensity."
- Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway
"...both Arbogast and Doran are strong performers. Doran, in particular, has a little-boy
appeal that make his dangerous undertones feel even more shocking."
- Julia Furay, CurtainUp
"[A] moving performance from Harris Doran as the tormented Jerry."
- Ron Cohen, Backstage
"Harris Doran is outstanding at capturing the tortured heart of Jerry. Doran's portrayal is
honest and does a great job playing such a complex character. He moves easily from
rational adult to the childlike qualities of someone with emotional problems." - Roger
(Jerry Adler, Harris Doran, Joyce DeWitt)
I’M CONNECTICUT, a new comedy by Mike Reiss (Emmy Award winning writer/producer
of THE SIMPSONS), world premiere. Harris starred along with Jerry Adler and Joyce
DeWitt. Pat McCorkle, Casting Director.
Memorable Moments, Performances of the Year – Hartford Cournat: “Jerry Adler and Harris
Doran in Connecticut Rep’s "I’m Connecticut."
"Marc (played winningly by Harris Doran)...The cast does well with some old and new
pros with pitch-perfect timing, starting with Doran who wins the audience's heart as well."
- Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant
"Marc (a wry and likable Harris Doran)" - Frank Rizzo, Variety
"With machine gun jokes and flashy videos, the biggest concern could be the performers
getting lost in the shuffle. Mercifully, this never occurs thanks to a top-notch cast led by
Harris Doran... Doran ably walks the tricky balance of getting laughs, getting victimized
and earning some pathos in the process."- Jacques Lamarre, Broadwayworld
IT MUST BE HIM
(Peter Scolari and Company)
IT MUST BE HIM, a new comedy by Kenny Solms (Emmy Award winning writer of THE
CAROL BURNETT SHOW), world premiere, Off-Broadway. Harris starred along with Peter
Scolari, Liz Torres, Alice Playten, John Tracey Egan, Jonathan C. Kaplan, Stephanie
D’Abruzzo. Mark Simon, Casting Director.
"Harris Doran, grabbing most of the laughs with his droll delivery" - Marilyn Stasio, Variety
"The rest of the cast is energetic and perfectly able, notably Harris Doran as Louie's
slacker-type assistant" - Jennifer Farrar, The Associated Press
"Scolari is joined on stage by notable theatre actors...the strongest are...Harris Doran as
Louie’s assistant"... - David Gordon, NY Theatre
"Harris Doran brings subtle physical humor to the role of Louie’s assistant"
- Eileen Reynolds, The Jewish Daily Forward
"Myles, played with droll deliciousness by Harris Doran."
- Andrew C. McGibbon, The Andy Gram
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNRELS
(Harris Doran and Joe Piscopo)
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Harris starred as “Freddy Benson” opposite Joe Piscopo.
"From the show's beginning, there is excellent work going on [from] Harris Doran, who
plays Freddy. Mr. Doran's overall charm makes Freddy adorable, whether he's pretending
to be a prince's deranged brother or a heartbroken serviceman in a wheelchair."
- Anita Gates, The New York Times
"As Freddy, Harris Doran does an excellent job, filling easily the scuffed shoes of Norbert
Leo Butz, who co-starred in the original and went on to star in the national company. His
singing voice is strong and true... Mr. Doran matches Mr. Piscopo in comic takes and
establishes his own comic identity."
- Lee Davis, The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
"Harris Doran, as the rough and very ready Freddy Benson, brings frenetic energy to his
role and he was undoubtedly the star of this evening as he had the audience in fits of
laughter." - Roy Bradbrook, Dan's Hamptons Paper
(Harris Doran and Company)
The Emcee, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, directed by Ted Pappas.
"Harris Doran is a baby-faced Emcee with protean talent Doran's pungent cabaret turns
provide both performance electricity and a sour/shocking commentary on the story's
doomed relationships." - Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Harris Doran tackles the role of the Emcee with an exhilaration and energy that is
palpable. He guides the production without taking over. In open tuxedo jacket with bow
tie askew, leather chaps and jockstrap, and fishnet sleeves, he bares nearly all as he
prances around the three-sided stage, getting as close as possible to the audience as he
sets the stage immediately with the opening song 'Willkommen.'"
- Ann Miner, Talkin' Broadway
"[Harris Doran is] devilishly seductive" - Alice T. Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"The excesses include strong leads; for instance, Harris Doran as the very watchable
Emcee. He is invitingly uninhibited in his risqu--eacute opening, the career defining
"Willkommen," where he flashes a hairy derriere, as if any more proof is needed of his
daring flair." - Bob McDowell, New Castle News
Mozart, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, directed by Ted Pappas.
**Pittsburgh Post Gazette Outstanding Individual Acting Achievement: Leading Actor**
"As you'd expect from having seen his Emcee in last year's "Cabaret," Doran deftly
handles Mozart's turn from ribald comedy to growing despair."
- Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(Harris Doran, Raul Esparza and Company)
Broadway, Actors' Fund Concert. Starred as “Claude” opposite Jennifer Hudson, Laura
Benanti, Raul Esparza, Ana Gastyer, Billy Porter. Album available on Ghostlight records.
OLIVER, directed by Jeff Calhoun, Deaf West Theatre.
**LA Ovation Award Nomination: Best Featured Actor**
"Doran is quite effective as the swaggering, scampish Dodger who first invites Oliver into
Fagin's den of thieves." - Julio Martinez, Variety
"As the Artful Dodger, a street thug who befriends young Oliver, Harris Doran gave one of
my favorite performances. He was such fun to watch and hear. His cockney accent was
spot on. I could go on forever, but space won't allow. " - Pat Tayor, The Tolucan Times
"But there are three performances in this Oliver! that deserve special praise. As the Artful
Dodger, New York transplant Harris Doran proves the West Coast's gain; he is a gifted
musical comedian with a real knack for Fosse-like slithering, as his Dodge often does
around the outskirts of the stage." - Travis Michael Holder, Entertainment Today