Tom Harryman

Arts and Humanities
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My Background

  • Hometown: Muskegon, MI
  • Professional Experience: Tom Harryman, a Muskegon native, graduated from Muskegon High School in 1971. He holds a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State College's Thomas Jefferson College (1976), with training also from the theater department at Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts degree from the McGregor School at Antioch University (2005), with training from The New Actor’s Workshop in NYC. Tom has worked in most facets of theater. While living in Seattle, Washington, he worked as a lighting technician in the Seattle Music Hall, a 4,500 seat historic Fox Theater (now a parking lot), and worked with many Pacific Northwest companies in the fields of lighting design, production and stage management. During this period Tom also worked as a performer, actor, company manager and technical director for various tours. He has performed with the Bath House Theater, Brass Ring Theater, Greg Thompson Productions and the One Reel Vaudeville Show, among others in Seattle. He has performed on stages in Los Angeles, New York City, Reno, Boston, New Orleans, Atlantic City, Bermuda and Aruba, and has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 1978. He returned to Muskegon in 1984 and served as Managing Director of the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts through 1999. He acted as the owner’s representative in 1986 for a $1.9 million rehab of a 1913 furniture store into a performing and visual arts and meeting facility, and in 1998 for a $8.2 million restoration of the Center’s 1800 seat, 1930 C. Howard Crane motion picture palace. He left the Frauenthal to continue his education, consult on various theater projects and began teaching at Muskegon Community College in the theater department. In 2007 he was appointed manager of the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, MI where he directed, designed, produced, performed and managed both the playhouse and their popular summer stock theater company. In 2008 Tom left the management position at the Playhouse, becoming a full-time faculty member at MCC where he teaches a variety of theater courses, designs and directs. He has also continues to perform in solo and full cast shows around West Michigan including two one-man shows he adapted for the stage; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Passion and Perversity; The Inner Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe. Tom and wife Fran live in a partially restored 1913 Craftsman house in the Nelson Neighborhood and now have a cottage in the Bluffton Neighborhood, the site of the old Actor’s Colony. When not working in the theater, he teaches and plays Taijiquan.
  • Academic Degrees: B.Ph. in Theatre Arts; Thomas Jefferson College at GVSC, M.A. in Acting; Antioch University McGregor School,
  • Classes Taught: Currently: TH101 Theatre Appreciation TH160 Acting for Television and Film TH141 Applied Acting TH204 Improvisation for Actors

More About Me

  • Chair of the MCC Arts and Humanities Department
  • Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and managers since 1978
  • Actor, director, designer, manager, and producer
  • Volunteers for the Michigan Irish Music Festival
  • Teacher and practitioner of Taiji Quan over 25 years