Basil Harris

Basil Harris

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19 years in business

About this pro

Storytelling is a basic human trait. We love to hear stories and we love to tell them - through jokes, shared experiences and, yes, acting. Acting, at its heart, is simply storytelling. 

My acting classes focus on the basics of telling a story simply, clearly, and believably. Curiosity, experimentation, and joyful play combine with discipline and technical basics to create an individual experience for each student. 

Acting is believing!

I’ve worked as a teaching artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Village Theatre’s KidStage, and taught acting and improv at Bellevue College. I’ve been acting professionally on stage and film since 2003 and am a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. 

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Seattle, WA 98119
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to discuss their goals and desires with regard to studying acting before entering into a instructional relationship. Someone who is trying to hone their audition skills or land an agent requires a different approach than someone looking to improve their public speaking skills or just taking acting lessons for fun (all are valid approaches, I just like to know first!)

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a BA in Theater from the University of New Hampshire. I founded and produced the sketch comedy group Bald Faced Lie. I’ve worked with improv groups Unexpected Productions (TheatreSports) and Jet City Improv. I co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Alliance of Professional Performers NW. 

I do public speaking and business presentation coaching as well. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My sessions start at $75/hr, which includes a free 30-minute initial consultation via phone/Skype or in person (Seattle only). 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have experience teaching students at the grade-school level up through adult classes. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Avoid promises of fame, grand statements about “show biz”, or cynical approaches (“you’ll probably never ‘make it’”). Acting is an emotional art but it’s also a craft that can be learned through repetition and training. Don’t let someone over-romanticize it. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why do I want to perform?

Is fame my goal? If not, what it my measurement of “success” in acting?

Am I willing to take risks (in a safe environment) and explore my perceptions of human behavior?

Am I prepared to risk failure (in a safe environment) in order to learn about myself and my craft?

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Scene Study Classes Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Public Speaking Classes Speaking Coaches