Harriet’s charismatic and dynamic teaching style has earned her praise as a leading educator in the local and national theatrical community. She has mentored students to go on to become both successful working actors and critically acclaimed celebrities. She has taught on the high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional level as a university professor, a master class guest instructor in audition technique and career preparation, a private seminar leader and private audition and monologue coach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Clark University, Massachusetts, a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Colorado, and attended the American Conservatory Theatre for Post Graduate Training in Theatre Arts.
Harriet began her teaching career at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, as an adjunct professor in the theatre arts department. Upon moving to New York Harriet served on the adjunct faculty at Kingsborough Community College and was most recently an adjunct at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She is presently a distinguished guest faculty member at Dean College. Her professional standing in casting brings an expertise that helps students to realistically pursue their work as actors after leaving the university setting.
MASTER CLASSES AND GUEST LECTURER
Harriet teaches regularly at some of the nations top universities and professional actor training programs. She has been a guest lecturer and master class instructor at the University of North Carolina, University of Delaware, University of Missouri, Emerson College, Dean College, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, American Music and Dramatic Academy, New World School of the Arts, and Clark University, as well as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, NY. She has coached private master classes in audition technique in New York including work with; Actors Connection, One-on-One Studios, The Network, Maggie Flanagan Studios, Nani-Saperstein and TVI.
Harriet believes strongly that an important role as an acting teacher and audition coach is ‘transitioning’ acting students from the academic setting to the professional stage. She demystifies the audition process and introduces them to resources for career opportunities and advanced training. Harriet also provides counseling for her students in pursuing an appropriate agent and advice about joining the unions.
“I think that my most valuable contribution to the continuing careers of students is that I will be available to them long after class is done. I can and will be their first contact in the professional world, and my door will always be open to them.”—Harriet Bass