THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
Subjects: Film, Theater, Opera, American Studies
Office: SEM 2 – A3108
Telephone: (360) 867-6454
Office hours online: by appointment
EVERGREEN PROGRAMS: (recent and future)
Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration (Spring 2022)
A Question of Character (Fall 2022)
The Western Film Genre and the American Frontier Myth (Winter 2023)
The Art of Adaptation (Spring 2023)
New York University
Ph.D. Performance Studies, 1989
Dissertation: New Vaudeville: Variety Artists in the Contemporary American Theatre
Thesis Director: Dr. Brooks McNamara
University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Dramatic Art (acting/directing)
B.A. English (music minor)
Mark Harrison joined the Evergreen faculty in 2004 after six years as Head of the MFA Professional Directing Program at the University of Washington. In addition to supervising dozens of student directed plays and film/video projects at UW, he directed Coriolanus, Measure for Measure, a new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, and the premiere of Going Through His Things by Steven Dietz. Mark also taught a wide range of courses in acting, directing, Shakespeare and other verse playwrights, as well as writing, acting and directing for the camera. His other teaching assignments have included the University of Texas, Smith College, and the Lincoln Center Institute in New York. Internationally, Mark has enjoyed extended residencies as a visiting professor in American Studies at Universität Hamburg in Germany and at the University of Hyogo in Kobe, Japan, where he taught a film studies course.
Professional credits (also posted below)
On the home front, Mark has the good fortune to be married to Laura Worthen, an accomplished actress, educator and pediatric speech therapist. He is the proud father of two children — Finley, 21, is an Emergency Medical Technician and Nevin, 19, is the reigning world-champion sprint canoeist. Last summer at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Nevin became the first American woman to win a gold medal in her sport. And most recently Nevin won the World Championships this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mark and his family live in Seattle.