Photo by Christine Alicino
Photo by Marcia Pelletiere
Lanny Harrison is a performance & visual artist, teacher & poet. She began her stage career in Salomon Yakim's NY Pantomime Theater in 1966. She then danced & sang in various character roles on Off-Broadway & went on to create many one-woman shows, touring America & Europe. She has collaborated with actors, musicians & artists - among them: Steve Clorfeine, the late Collin Walcott, Jay Clayton,Jerry Granelli, Robin Daniels, Terre Roche, Lily Pink, Barbara Bash, Arawana Hayashi, Deborah Gladstein, Christine Alicino, and Marcia Pelletiere.
She has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk's company since 1969, starring in Monk's brilliant productions through 2002. She still teaches in annual House workshops.
In her course Performing Stories: East Meets West at NYU's Gallatin School, Harrison integrates contemplative disciplines & movement/theatrical improvisations. At NY Shambhala Center, her ongoing workshop, Characters in Motion, is a lab for many creative endeavors including meditation-in-action exercises. Harrison is a founding teacher at West Kortright Centre in upstate NY. She taught at Naropa University for many years & teaches a master class at Yale University annually.
Harrison has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's since 1972, is a practitioner of Tibetan/Shambhala Buddhism and a certified Meditation Instructor.