Chris Harcum is an award-winning actor, playwright, and filmmaker. He is one half of the long-form improv duo Pedro & Chris and is a founding member of Elephant Run District. Member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the Dramatists Guild. His short comedy film The Big Pivot was an Award Winner at the Swedish International Film Festival, Movie Play International Film Festival, Medusa Film Festival, Airflix Film Festival, Bright International Film Festival, and others. His short film Coney Island Promise, created with his partner Aimee Todoroff, is also making its way to festivals.
Mission: To deep dive into our human mess, to crack people up, and to leave a dent in the universe.
Type: Brainiac, smiling authority, morally murky, and irreverent. Good guy who turns out to be a bad guy or a bad guy who turns out to be a good guy?
Strengths: Able to work and play with people from various backgrounds and training, inject comedy into drama and reality into comedy, make smart choices with hard-to-define characters, and give life to uncomfortable stories.
As a solo performer, he has created and performed American Badass, American Gun Show, Anhedonia Road, Gotham Standards, Green, Mahamudra, The Preservationist, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, Things You Don’t Know, and Weight and Weightlessness. His full-length plays include Martin Denton, Martin Denton, Rabbit Island, The Hypochondriac, and The Devil in Ms. Spelvin. His American Gun Show received 5-star reviews in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and the Brooklyn Rail.
In addition to acting in classical pieces by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, and Pirandello, Chris has worked as an actor and playwright with a number of cutting-edge and downtown NYC venues and companies including 59E59, Irondale Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Transport Group, FringeNYC, TOSOS, American Bard, The Brick, The Cell, The Chain, The Living Theatre, Culture Project, Peculiar Works Project, The Tank, People’s Improv Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Frigid New York, Metropolitan Playhouse, the Wild Project, and many others.