Harry Waters Jr.

Harry Waters Jr. is an actor, director and Gold-selling singer.

He created the role of Belize in the first production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes in 1991.

He is most famous for his portrayal of Marvin Berry in Back to the Future (1985) which earned him a Gold record for his rendition of "Earth Angel."

Acting Credits also include numerous television guest starring roles.

He received his MFA in Directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous venues around the country and in the Twin Cities. He is retiring as a full Professor and former Chair of the Theater and Dance Department at Macalester College. He was an appointed Associate Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship. His contributions have led to assisting to redefining the mission and impact on the Macalester College community.

He has directed productions of RUNAWAYS, PROOF, ANGELS IN AMERICA PART I: Millennium Approaches, THE COLORED MUSEUM., TARTUFFE, CABARET, The LARAMIE PROJECT “PROJECT”, HIP HOP HOPES, IN THE BLOOD, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, green: an eulogy to summer, URINETOWN, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. He has collaborated with his son Jordon Waters and Kevin “KAOZ” Moore on AKA: Fathers/Sons, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant about fathers and sons talking about sexuality, sexual identity and masculinity. During the fall of 2020, he was the co-director with Lelis Brito of a community event called “Passages: Grieving and Mourning the Fires of Lake Street”. This work engaged 35 artists to create and install their responses to the murder of George Floyd as well as the uprising across the span of Lake Street in Minneapolis. He has worked nationally as a consultant with over 20 communities around the methods and modalities of bringing arts organizations, foundations and civic/political entities to the table. Most recently working with the National Assembly of State Arts Administrators, he was instrumental in planning their national convening online. In addition he is workshopping a personal piece called Hi5ve with collaborator Robert Farid Karimi.


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