Rick Pokrajen-Harmon

artistic director, The Actor Factory

Rick was bitten by the acting bug at a very young age. His first lead role, Wilbur, in Shock of His Life, reportedly slayed his 7th grade classmates in 1975. In the following years, he has acted, directed, designed and produced in companies both large and small. Some acting credits include Kokol in Marat/Sade, Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show, Captain Tench/Sideway in Our Country’s Good, Max in Bent, Buddy Plummer in Follies, Kerry Max Cook in The Exonerated and Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Among his film and television work are Wisdom with Emilio Estevez and the TV sitcom Shady Lazy Rest, where Rick played the lead, Jake Venable. Rick anchored the award-winning television show California Policy Update, and his most recent film project was Project Gutenberg shot in Chiang Mai, Thailand with Chou Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok.

Many long-time actors become interested in directing as well, and Rick seems to be no exception. Some of his directing credits are his original adaptation of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Fiddler on the Roof, Deathtrap and Oleanna. Rick is directing The Actor Factory’s season opener, The Pirates of Chemo, September 13, 14, 20 & 21.

Rick is a pilot, skydiver, caver and scuba diver. A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, he reports that “Opening up and becoming vulnerable in front of an audience is by far the riskiest thing I do.”

The Actor Factory is delighted to have such an experienced and capable director on board. We’re expecting great things this season!


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