Chris Harder


Chris Harder (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) is an actor and theatre-maker dedicated to artistic risk and the creation of new work. He is a faculty member with Portland Actors Conservatory. A two-time Drammy Award winner for Outstanding Performance and twice Regional Arts and Culture Council grants recipient, he believes that theatre has the power to change people’s lives. He was a founding member of Sowelu Theater Ensemble (1998 - 2004) regularly featured on stage and working in all areas of production, training in weekly ensemble workshops, studying Meisner technique with Barry Hunt (via William Esper) and Viewpoints (Kim Weild, SITI Company) Chris teaches private adult acting classes at Artists Rep and Act Now Studio, and also offers coaching. 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 playwriting. He taught through Playwrite Inc., Sojourn Afield and The Young Players, and continues to direct, teach, and create original plays through Portland Playhouse, Oregon Children's Theatre and Portland Center Stage. At Artists Rep he was Interim Director of Education (2007) and teaching artist with "Actors To Go" for several seasons. Chris has performed in numerous plays, readings and workshops with many other local companies and developed and self produced two original solo shows (The Centering and Fishing For My Father) and toured to the Edmonton and Boulder International Fringe Festivals. In film and TV his credits include: Grimm, Leverage, Restless, Extraordinary Measures, Music Within, Everyman's War, Rid of Me, Recovery and Thieves. Chris holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Wisconsin -Parkside and recently trained in the Month-Long Intensive at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. He loves fly fishing and spending time on the river with his wife Val. Learn more at