Chris Harder (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) is an actor, director and theatre maker dedicated to artistic risk and the creation of new work. Chris is a Resident Artist with Artists Repertory Theatre, a two-time Drammy Award winner and twice Regional Arts and Culture Council grants recipient. He is drawn to the primal roots and transformative power of theatre.
He was a founding member of the Sowelu Theater Ensemble (1998 – 2004) acting and working in all areas of production, training in weekly ensemble workshops, studying Meisner with Bary Hunt (via William Esper,) Viewpoints (from Kim Weild & SITI Co.) and practicing physical awareness techniques.
Chris teaches adult classes at the Portland Actors Conservatory, and Artists Repertory Theatre. Through Sowelu Prison Outreach he led residencies with adult inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and Columbia River Correctional Institution. He was an ongoing mentor with The Haven Project for five years where he guided young writers through the process of play writing. He continued this process with Playwrite Inc. and Sojourn Afield and continues to teach acting and create original plays through Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Young players and Portland Public Schools. At Artists Repertory Theatre he was Interim Director of Education (2007) and is a teaching artist through its outreach programs.
Chris has performed in numerous plays, readings and workshops. He is honored to collaborate with so many skilled artists. Local theaters include Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Rep, Portland Playhouse, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Hand2Mouth, CoHo Productions, Sojourn Theatre, Profile Theatre, Stark Raving, Eggshell Productions, Well Arts Institute and Portland Civic Theatre Guild. Chris developed and self produced two original solo shows (The Centering and Fishing For My Father) and has toured to the Edmonton and Boulder International Fringe Festivals.
In Film / TV Chris has worked with director Gus Van Sant and actors Harrison Ford and Timothy Hutton. Credits include; Grimm, Restless, Extraordinary Measures, Music Within, Rid of Me, Everyman’s War, Leverage, The Librarians, Recovery and Thieves.
For more than ten years he performed as Clown, Comedy Magician, and Emcee, creating laughter at over one thousand events. He is a certified Comedy Stage Hypnotist (Chris David) having trained in Las Vegas from one of the top instructors in the world.
Chris holds a BA in Theater from the University of Wisconsin -Parkside. He is an avid fly fisherman and lives in Portland, OR. Chris is married to actress Val Landrum.