Jeremy Harrison is a teacher, researcher, director, musical director, composer and community musician. He is Programme Director of Rose Bruford College’s MA Actor Musicianship and MA Theatre for Young Audiences and joint Programme Director of the Ensemble: Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Making and Leadership, in collaboration with Graeae.
In 2011, he established the Theatre for Young Audiences Centre, where he works with artists and communities, supporting inclusive approaches to making work for, by and with children and young people
Actor musicianship, theatre for young audiences, sensory theatre practice.
MA in Theatre Practice – University of Manchester
BA Humanities with Music – Open University
Diploma in Acting – RADA
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Jeremy’s work occupies the territory where music and theatre intersect. As one of the UK’s leading actor-musicians, his early career underpins a body of work that has seen him develop a training methodology and approach to theatre-making that encourages the integration of music, body, instrument, and voice. He creates worlds where audiences and performers meet, where story and song intertwine and where music is not only heard but felt and seen.
Jeremy’s interdisciplinary interests have led him to work in multi-sensory theatre contexts and to collaborate with leading practitioners in that field, including Oily Cart.
External Examiner: BA Acting & MA Directing, Drama Centre, UAL (2018–2019)
External Examiner: MA Collaborative Theatre Production and Design, Guildhall (May 2020–)
Special Schools Advisor: Primary Shakespeare Company (2018–)
Patron: End2End TV – Empowering Young People to Find Their Voice Through Film (2021–)
Harrison, J. (2016). Actor-Musicianship. London: Bloomsbury.
Harrison, J. (2015) Making Musgrave Dance: Actor-Musicianship in Process. In: F. J. Schopf, ed., Music on Stage, 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Harrison, J. (2012). When Acting Like Children Becomes Acting For Children. In: Which Way TYA? New York University.
Jeremy’s work and research cover two distinct areas: actor musicianship and theatre for young audiences. At the heart of both lies a common approach: musicality