PERFORMING ARTS TEAM
Musical Director/ Choreographer
Samara Harand has been a performing arts educator for over 20 years and is thrilled to be joining the team at the Glencoe Junior High Project. She has directed and choreographed dozens of full-length musicals and revues at the renowned Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts, as well as Edgewood Middle School, Francis W. Parker, Starland Kids, and others. Recent credits include: Mamma Mia!, Shrek Jr., Rock of Ages: Middle School Edition, Legally Blonde, Urinetown, All Shook Up, Footloose, Peter Pan, Bring it On, Once Upon A Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, 13: The Musical, West Side Story, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Samara currently helps manage her family’s musical theater camp – Harand Camp of Theatre Arts – which is now celebrating its 65th Anniversary Season!
Samara is also a Publicity Associate at arts & entertainment public relations firm Cathy Taylor Public Relations, which represents many of the major theaters in the Chicagoland-area, including Lookingglass, Drury Lane, Second City, Writers Theatre, and more. Samara launched her Chicago PR career at The Silverman Group, where she worked for nearly seven years representing performing arts clients such as The Chicago Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, and others. She then moved to NYC to earn her M.F.A. in Arts Management from Brooklyn College while also holding positions at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Producing Office (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights) and the Tony Awards. She has also done freelance public relations work for local theater companies as well as internet sensation Team StarKid of A Very Potter Musical fame.