Harry has been involved in the theatre community for over 20 years as a performer and more recently as a director/choreographer. He was worked on both local and national levels, with appearances and work seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Reboot Theatre Company, where he currently serves as president of the board.
As a director/choreographer, Harry’s body of work includes productions of The Who’s Tommy (Bway World Winner: Best Director/Best Choreographer), Sweet Charity (Bway World nom: Best Director, Best Choreography), Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (Bway World nom: Best Choreography) and Becoming More Less Crazy (Winner: Best of the Fest, Seattle Fringe). Other directing/choreography credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Winner: Gregory Award (People’s Choice) Outstanding Director, Oustanding Production Musical), Fly By Night (Bway World nom: Best Director. Bway world winner: Best Ensemble), I Hate Hamlet, Waiting for Alice, Flat Stanley, and The Wizard of Oz. Other productions include The Pajama Game, All Shook Up, Once On This Island, Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, City of Angels, multiple productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie!, as well as productions of Grease, West Side Story, and The Gifts of the Magi.
As a performer, he has performed with the 30th anniversary cast of Annie (National Tour/Special Broadway Engagement) as well as The Mystery of King Tut. Other favorite performances include Company (Bobby), The Diviners (C.C. Showers), A Chorus Line (Paul), Mary Poppins (Bert), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The King and I (Lun Tha), Dames at Sea (Dick), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), and 42nd Street (Billy). Other credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Closer Than Ever, Camelot, Chicago, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Joseph…Dreamcoat, South Pacific, The Ark, How to Succeed…, Crazy For You, A Christmas Carol, and West Side Story.
“Harry Turpin is phenomenal as a director and choreographer. Amazing that in such a small space, he was able to create a ‘big production number” feel and also worked the choreography and staging so that the audience on all three sides had the show facing them. Exceptional job!”
“Turpin did a nice job creating a big musical feel in a tiny space. There was so much movement and energy throughout the show!”
“Wonderful work with the actors – they obviously felt safe with each other. Some beautiful moments, particularly the romantic ones. Successful use of the band being in an unusual location. Superb understanding of the script, the nuances and the comedy. Nicely done.”
“Turpin, having started out primarily as a dancer, is well aware of how to match choreography to what a person’s ability is. Yet, he also doesn’t shy away from “real” dance choreography and coordinated group movement. The result is that the dancing shines and truly supports the production from looking too amateur.”
“Director Harry Turpin, a youthful veteran song and dance man himself, here manages a home-run staging a dance-less musical, and setting just the right tone and pacing.”
“Director Harry Turpin‘s love for the show is obvious and infused throughout the cast as they not only embrace the characters but the love story at its core. He has them playing the people with style and not the caricatures and that’s what keeps the heart alive.”