A professional actor, stage director and acting teacher/coach since the early 1970s, Sharon Garrison has taught in area colleges and universities as well as in acting schools at Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, and WaterTower Theatre.
Many of her students have gone on to professional careers in the industry, both locally and in New York and Hollywood. Lisa Whelchel (TV’s THE NEW MOUSKETEERS and THE FACTS OF LIFE) and Janine Turner (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, NORTHERN EXPOSURE and major films) both studied with Ms. Garrison in Casa Manana’s well-known theater program. Other Casa alumni with a strong presence in the local scene include B. J. Cleveland (actor and director at DFW area theatres) and Joel Farrell (actor and director at area theaters including Casa Manana Musicals and The Dallas Theater Center). Charles Baker, (credits include featured roles in film and television, i.e SPLINTER, BREAKING BAD, COMMANCHE MOON) studied with Ms. Garrison early in his career and continues to make his mark in the film industry.
As a television and stage actor, Ms. Garrison has worked with dozens of major stars, including Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan, Howard Keel, Nannette Fabray, Ken Berry, Bob Denver and Pat O’Brien. A long time member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Ms. Garrison currently serves as secretary of the local AFTRA board. She also chairs the AFTRA/SAG committee, ProACT, which stands for Professional Actor Career Training and is the founding member of the DFW Film Actors’ Circle.