Teaching Areas: Voice (singing), director/musical director
Dr. Harold R. Mortimer, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, is the Primary Departmental Advisor, Artistic Director of the BSU Downtown Dinner Theatre and former Musical Theatre Coordinator (2003 – 2010) for the BSU Department of Theatre and Dance. He has served as musical director and/or director for musicals at Ball State University, teaches voices lessons and is the musical director for both the Chicago and NYC Showcases. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, University of Washington and for the American Musical Drama Academy (AMDA) in New York City. His higher education degrees are from Mansfield University in (BMEd. in voice/instrument concentrations) and the University of Washington (MM and DMA in vocal performance).
Harold has performed roles in productions with the Syracuse, Oswego, Anchorage, and Tacoma Opera Companies, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre, with the Northwest Opera in the Schools, Etc. (NOISE), and the Seattle Opera Guild Preview Program. he is a Metropolitan Opera Guild Regional Finalist and Alaska District winner. His favorite musical theatre roles performed include Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, Billy in Anything Goes, and Curly in Oklahoma!, with regional theater performances and directing credits in the Pacific Northwest and East Coast. His directing credits for the BSU Downtown Dinner Theatre include The World Goes Round, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Fantasticks.
Dr. Mortimer is a Fulbright Scholar and traveled to South Africa, teaching musical theatre courses and directing shows at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria. His co-directed production of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! was sponsored by the U. S. Consulate in Pretoria to tour South Africa. Additionally, Harold set up an exchange program with TUT and Ball State University so that students from both schools can study musical theatre, exchange ideas, practices and grow as musical theatre artisans through international study. This past summer he and Prof. Wendy Mortimer toured South Africa with 12 BSU dance/theatre students, teaching and taking classes at TUT. In Summer 2011 Dr. Mortimer will return to TUT to direct SPRING AWAKENING.