Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor
Phone: 757-352-4211

Professor Harrell is the Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage, the professional theatre company of Regent University. Prior to founding Tidewater Stage, he served as the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Head of the MFA Program in Acting. He is an associate professor specializing in integrated voice and movement training for actors. Advocating a psycho-physical approach to the acting process, he draws from such contemporary methodologies as the Linklater and Alexander Techniques and the Lugering Method.

Professor Harrell maintains an active profile as a professional actor, director and occasional playwright. He is a member of both Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA with professional credits in theatre, film and television. As a director, he enjoys working in contemporary literature, musical theatre and Comedy of Manners. He regularly teaches workshops across the country in kinesthetic awareness for both professional and student actors. At Regent, he teaches a four-semester voice and movement studio for MFA actors as well as Advanced Scene Study: Major Playwrights of the 20th Century and Acting in Periods and Styles.

Academic Philosophy

To train actors to view themselves as theatre artists with a unique contribution to make to the art form. Such artists possess a distinctive viewpoint, the ability to express themselves well, and a solid technique to achieve longevity in the profession.

Selected Professional Works

An Inch of Rope, original solo performance piece, Water Tower Theatre (Dallas, Texas)
Forever Plaid, Pump Boys and Dinettes and Barefoot in the Park, Tidewater Stage (Virginia Beach, Va.)
The Foreigner, Rev. David Lee, Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre, (Newport News, Va.)
Indiscretions, Michael, Knightsbridge Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
"The Kinesthetic Actor: An Approach to the Integration of Voice and Movement Training," presenter, Texas Educational Theatre Association (Houston, Texas)
"The Liberated Voice," presenter, Southeastern Theatre Conference (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
"Kinesthetic Shakespeare: The Bard Meets Laban," presenter, Virginia Theatre Association (Reston, Va.)


MFA, Acting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998
B.A., Theater, Abilene Christian University, 1995

Fields of Expertise

  • Integrated Voice and Movement
  • Practical Aesthetics
  • Acting in Periods and Styles