Harry Waters Jr.
About the Artist





Harry Waters Jr.




Harry Waters Jr. 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 Adventures in Wonderland and Big Bully, as well as numerous television guest-starring roles. Born in Tulsa and raised in Denver, Colorado, he attended Princeton University and received his MFA in Directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as an actor in New York City on and off-Broadway for many years as well as at theatres including Mark Taper Forum, Arizona Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, ACT, and the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Currently in the Twin Cities, he has appeared on stages as diverse as The Guthrie, Penumbra Theater Company, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Pangea World Theatre, Park Square in RAGTIME as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Pillsbury House Theatre, and Dark & Stormy Productions. Mr. Waters has directed numerous productions around the Twin Cities (YBGM for Queertopia and HOW TO BE A COMPLETE SOUTHERN WOMAN for the  Fringe Festival) as well as around the country (WAITING FOR GIOVANNI at New Conservatory Theatre Company in San Francisco). He has worked as a Facilitator for the Many Voices Roundtable at the Playwrights' Center, where he has inspired the careers of numerous emerging writers of color. He is a Professor and recent Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Macalester College, where he has directed productions of Runaways, Proof, Angels In America Part I: Millennium Approaches, The Colored Museum, Tartuffe,  Cabaret, The Laramie Project, a student devised piece Hip Hop Hopes, In The Blood, The Cradle Will Rock, green: an elegy to summer, and URINETOWN. This past year he has directed Bulrusher at Sonoma State University and Fences at Nevada Conservatory Theatre. He is working with his son, Jordon Waters, on WING IT (inspired by the tale of Icarus and Daedalus), continuing their performative conversations about fathers, sons, and sexual identity.