Ed Harris has a vast background in multi-media entertainment production and performance. After majoring in Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, he performed in and produced music and entertainment projects, including record, film, and theatrical productions, He later served as Producer and Associate Director of COLUMBIA MUSIC HALL in Hartford, Connecticut, presenting concerts and industrial shows. As a singer, emcee and musician, he has performed in numerous venues throughout the United States and internationally.
Upon relocating to Hollywood, Harris established THE ACT FACTORY, a company unique to the entertainment industry, where he structured musical and comedic material and provided production services and direction to performing artists and industrial show producers. He successfully directed a series of Professional Performance Workshops at the SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VARIETY ARTS in Los Angeles, Hollywood’s LOS ANGELES SONGWRITER’S SHOWCASE, and for several years at the LOS ANGELES SONGWRITER’S EXPO, an annual musical event held at various colleges throughout greater Los Angeles.
As a writer, producer and director, he has worked as an entertainment consultant to numerous show business personalities and major corporate clients. For his Los Angeles-based company, MYRIAD PRODUCTIONS, he co-created and was Executive Producer/Producer and Director of two television magazine series, THE CLUBHOUSE (GROUP W), and BOATING WORLD, starring John Davidson (ESPN).
Presently, Harris is a personal manager, representing several vocalists and musical groups and additionally is an entertainment producer and consultant, coaching professional performing artists, groups and young performers, structuring and directing stage performances. A winner of the 2012, 2015 and 2018 LAWRENCE AWARDS for Seasoned Performer, he has been the featured male vocalist with several big bands in Atlanta and Los Angeles, and occasionally sings at clubs around the greater Atlanta area. He’s performing his latest nightclub act, THE FIRST HURRAH, in venues around the country. He is in great demand to emcee and direct musical productions in Atlanta and beyond, and hasperformed in and was the musical director for GLORY DAYS, a musical revue presented at Atlanta’s Marcus Jewish Community Center. He has previously taught at Summer Drama Camps at Pinckneyville Community Center in Norcross GA, Johns Creek Arts Center in Johns Creek GA, George Pierce Community Center in Suwannee GA, and at the Decatur Recreation Center in Decatur GA. Currently, Harris serves as Producer of the annual event, TOWER OF TALENT, now in it’s sixth year, showcasing kids performing for the kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This yearly benefit performance, held at the Byers Theatre at City Springs, to date has raised over $2,000,000 for the hospital!