SAG-AFTRA / AEA / Dramatists Guild

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Chris Harcum is an award-winning actor, producer, and playwright. He serves as the Producing Director of Elephant Run District. Member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the Dramatists Guild.

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?

Mission: To deep dive into our human mess, to crack people up, and to leave a dent in the universe.

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.


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 theater companies. Since moving to New York in 2002, he has worked with or performed at 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. Chris serves as the Producing Director for the award-winning indie theater and media company Elephant Run District and as the Director of a Bright Future for the advocacy organization League of Independent Theater.


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.