Reid Harrison has been active in Winnipeg’s arts community for many years as an instrumentalist, a singer and actor, a theatre director, an educator and as an arts administrator and board member. He was recently inducted onto Rainbow Stage’s Wall of Fame, testament to his twenty-seven productions at that theatre, fifteen on stage and twelve in the pit, as well as to his many other contributions to Winnipeg’s arts life.
During thirty-four years as a high school teacher of English, Music and Drama, he directed twenty-five musical theatre productions at Grant Park and Kelvin High Schools. He was a founding member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg and has sat on the Society’s board for twenty-five years including two terms as President. He performed in principal roles in the early years of the Society’s productions followed first by seven years as resident conductor and most recently as the director of the last ten productions.
He is co-founder and co-artistic director of Dry Cold Productions, a local professional company specializing in contemporary musical theatre which last year celebrated its 15th season. In addition to acting in two Dry Cold shows, he has conducted three productions and was music director for ‘The Light in the Piazza’ and ‘Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and Director of Follies, Dry Cold’s contribution to SondheimFest 2013.
As a cellist, in addition to his work at Rainbow Stage, he has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Philharmonic and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. In 2015, he took on an additional responsibility as Festival Director of the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival.