Jay Harnick

Jay Harnick

Director

Jay Harnick, who founded TheatreWorks USA and was its artistic director for many years, died Feb. 27, 2007, a spokesman at TheatreWorks confirmed. Mr. Harnick had a career as a performer before he and Charles Hull began TheatreWorks USA in 1961. Its mission was to provide theatrical entertainment for young audiences. Over the years, the company nurtured talents including directors Gabriel Barre, Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth and Michael Mayer; composers Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty, Jason Robert Brown, Larry O'Keefe, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; and actors F. Murray Abraham, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover.

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  • Born: Jun 8, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Death: Feb 27, 2007 in Manhattan, New York

Roles (20)

The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson Playbill - Dec 1968 The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson (1968)
Opened Dec 18, 1968
  • Producer
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Tartuffe Playbill - January 1965 Tartuffe (1965)
Opened Jan 14, 1965
  • Production Stage Manager
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Production Placeholder The Young Abe Lincoln (1961)
Opened Apr 25, 1961
  • Director
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Phoenix '55 Playbill - April 1955 Phoenix '55 (1955)
Opened May 23, 1955
  • as Delivery Man (Upper Birth) (Original)
  • as It Says Here Performer (Original)
  • as "Finale" Performer (Original)
  • as "Tomorrow Is Here" Company (Original)
  • as Friends, Relatives and Other Disreputable Elements (The Trap) (Original)
  • as Photographer (First Prize) (Original)
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John Murray Anderson's Almanac Playbill - Dec 1953 John Murray Anderson's Almanac (1953)
Opened Dec 10, 1953
  • as The Man in the Box (Original)
  • as Singer in "Tin Pan Alley" (Original)
  • as Sedan Chair Bearer (Original)
  • as Chorus (Original)
  • as Bridegroom (Original)
  • as Courtier (Replacement)
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Production Placeholder Alive and Kicking (1950)
Opened Jan 17, 1950
  • as "Love It Hurts So Good" Singer (Original)
  • as "Building Going Up" Singer (Original)
  • as "Alive and Kicking" Singer (Original)
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Playbill - Dec 1949 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949)
Opened Dec 8, 1949
  • as Singing Ensemble (Replacement)
  • as Deck Steward (Replacement)
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