Larry Raiken

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Theater Faculty


The Hartt School
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Professor Raiken has taught acting at Yale, composition at the College of Westchester, directing at Fordham, public speaking at Borough Manhattan College and literature at the Highland School. He made his professional New York opera debut at New York City Opera in 1977, his off Broadway debut at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in 1979, and his Broadway debut in Woman of the Year in 1981. He appeared in principal roles on Broadway and on National Tours (Baby, Big River, Can-Can, How to Succeed in Business ... and many others) for 20 years, making his final appearance in the all-star revival of Follies in 2001. He has appeared in over 200 professional productions, has a semipermanent position acting, directing and teaching at the Maine State Music Theatre, has premiered works by (or under the supervision of) composers Kander and Ebb, Maltby and Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Maury Yeston, Dave Brubeck, Dave Frishberg, Oscar Brand, Bill Solly, Carol Hall and many others, been directed by Des McAnuff, James Lapine, Robert Moore, Peter Masterson, David Bell, Richard Maltby, Charles Abbott, Gerard Alessandrini, Michael Shawn and many others. Larry is married to birth doula Claudia Rosenhouse, they have adopted two beautiful daughters from China.