Harold Herman

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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Faculty Member since 1973


Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Theatre; B.A., Wayne State University

Professional Highlights

  • Harold Herman founded Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in 1984, and has been its Producing Artistic Director since that time. A native of Detroit, he came to the Shenandoah Valley as an actor performing at Wayside Theatre, then settled here while employed as Production Supervisor of Arlington County Performing Arts, where he produced for eleven various arts organizations. He was a member of the Conservatory faculty for 31 years, developing one of the nation's first degrees in musical theatre. He served as Chair of the Theatre Division and taught acting and directing until his retirement in 2004.
  • Since 1973, he has directed more than 200 musicals, plays, revues, and operas; two productions were honored with regional awards in the American College Theatre Festival. Prior to coming to Virginia, he acquired more than 100 television shows to his credit and appeared in fourteen seasons of stock and regional theatre, including Barter Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Wayside Theatre. In New York, he appeared in Hamlet of Stepney Green, The Prodigal, Dark of the Moon, and Play That on Your Old Piano. He has appeared in Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre productions of Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, and The Secret Garden.
  • Harold Herman is a member of Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and The Screen Actors' Guild.