Raven illustration

Edgar Allan Poe Live
Dramatic Performance
Historic Reenactment


Campbell Harmon as Edgar Allan Poe

Dramatic, Entertaining, Educational

Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy is unparalleled in American literature and culture. He created the detective genre, influenced the modern science fiction genre, and founded the modern horror genre. His tragic love for his wife, Virginia, helped to inspire his landmark poem, The Raven. Speculation over the cause of his mysterious death in 1849 continues to this day. His writings are still world famous over a century and a half later and have inspired countless stage and film adaptations.

This legendary figure is brought to life for your school, library, or historical organization by Campbell Harmon in dramatic performance, historical biography, and dynamic audience interaction.

 

Upcoming Performances

2022, May 28 Curioporium, Hartford, CT

2022, July 8-10 Haunters Against Hate, Lexington, KY

2022, Sept 14 Deane Center for the Performing Arts, Wellsboro PA

2023, Mar 31-Apr 2 Event TBA

Booking now for 2022 & 2023

 

Booking

Please email edgar@thepoeactor.com for booking and honorarium information. Bear in mind that October is the most popular month for Poe performances. Check the calendar on this page to see upcoming performances as well as closed dates in any month. Reserve your performance date early.

 

Campbell Harmon

Contact: edgar@thepoeactor.com

Phone: 203-710-8486

Location: Connecticut and New England area

Safety: Fully vaccinated with booster. Happy to provide vaccine proof if needed.

Education: Yale Divinity School, Masters of Arts and Religion, 2004

 

Speaker Biography (pdf) with links to photos.

 

Program Description

A one hour program with dramatic performances of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven. Campbell speaks in-character as Poe with the audience about the author's life, his death, and his profound influence on American literature; dispelling the myths that have surrounded his legacy to show how his works continue to influence literature and culture today. The program is suitable for all ages and venues.

 

Performance Calendar

This calendar is tentative and dates may change without notice.
Please email directly to check for any booking availability.

Campbell Harmon as Edgar Allan Poe
Campbell Harmon as Edgar Allan Poe.
Photo by Jon Reino Photography.
Transformative illusion wig by HeroHair.com

From the audience

"There has never been and could never be a better Poe re-enactor than Campbell Harmon. Campbell wooed our crowd so much so that they stayed long after the program for their chance to chat one on one with Poe. He was so generous to oblige us. Not only was Campbell incredibly knowledgeable, but he was so personable and great with a group. For one actor to keep a decent size audience sitting on the edge of their chairs is no easy task. It was because I saw Campbell preform some years ago that I knew he'd be just as much of a hit at our organization. It really was the perfect October evening, with guests raving about their experience for the next two weeks. I can't recommend Campbell and his program more."
--Ari Kellerman, Education Director Old York Historical Society, 2021


Comments submitted by the audience at the 2013 Springfield, Missouri Big Read event:

"Excellent Poe! He was fantastic."
"Informative-I enjoyed the history of Poe and offshoots of his works."
"Fantastic performance!"
"Great performance and questions."
"Harmon was a wonderful choice and really brought life to Poe. Thank you!"
"Excellent performer. Gifted Poe Actor. Very Knowledgeable."
"Outstanding! Mr. Poe was an absolute delight! A true master in his executions! Thank you."
"Once in a lifetime-will never forget!"

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read performances.

"My family and I were able to attend a library event, the Dead Poets Slam, and Boo at the Bushnell. All were excellent. Our daughter is a big horror fan and has loved Mr. Poe since fifth grade. These events gave her an opportunity to learn more about a genre she loves and some insight into what goes into the creation of these art forms."

"[Campbell's] Poe improved with each performance. I was deeply touched by Poe's difficult life and his heroic struggles to create art and support his chosen family. I was also grateful to [Campbell] for the tact and sensitivity he displayed in handling what could have been some tricky questions regarding Mr. Poe's personal life, given the ages of some of the audience members."

"My daughter asked him about the role of alcohol and drugs in the enhancement of the creative process. He was clear and emphatic that substance abuse hampered Mr. Poe's efforts, which I later learned was really the answer she was looking for. " --November 4, 2009


"I just wanted to let you know that at lunch today, the students came in and began checking out the books on our Poe display. They had questions about The Raven, they wanted to read The Tell-Tale Heart; it has been very "Poe-like" around here today. Our class set of books is out in Mr. Torres' classroom and the school is abuzz with talk of Poe. Never underestimate the power of an actual performance to begin many dialogs about literacy, even in middle school. It is a beautiful thing to witness and I thank you." -- October 10, 2011


"We received a lot of positive feedback from your performance... people are still talking about it – so again many thanks.  We are not known for having people come to our programs and you certainly packed them in!" --November 24, 2009


"People in Rocky Hill are still talking about the Bushnell’s Edgar Allan Poe night at the Library – so thank you again!" --November 5, 2009


Articles

Spotlight: Divinity School staff member brings dark tales to life --Yale News, Oct 7, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe: In October Coming To A Library Near You --New Hampshire Public Radio, October 1, 2012

Master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe ‘visits’ Ashford book lovers --Reminder News, February 16, 2012

About People --Yale Divinity School "Notes from the Quad", November 2009

Edgar Allen Poe impersonator to speak at Wallingford library --Record Journal, October 21, 2009

Harmon as Edgar Allan Poe
Campbell Harmon as Edgar Allan Poe at the Hill-Stead Museum.
Transformative illusion wig by HeroHair.com

Poe at the Kimo Theater
Performance for the National Endowment for the Arts at the Kimo Theater, Albuquerque, NM

Past Performances

2022, Apr 22, Trexler Middle School, Allentown, PA

2022, Apr 21, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

2021, Nov 6, Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven, CT

2021, Nov 2, Seabury Active Life Plan Community, Bloomfield, CT

2021, Oct 28, Torrington Library, Torrington, CT

2021, Oct 22, Old York Historical Society, York, ME

2021, Oct 21, Cromwell Belden Public Library, Cromwell, CT

2021, Oct 13, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

2021, Oct 9, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

2021, Oct 8, Canterbury Historical Society, Canterbury, CT

2021, Oct 5, Mansfield Town Senior Center, Storrs, CT

2021, Sept 26, Isham-Terry House, Hartford, CT

2021, July 30 & 31 Haunters Against Hate, Louisville, KY

2020, Feb 12, Acton Women's Club, Acton, MA

2019, Oct 30, Center Meeting House, Newbury, NH

2019, Oct 28, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

2019, Oct 24, Vernon Senior Center, Vernon, CT

2019, Oct 23, Jackson House, Portsmouth, NH

2019, Oct 22, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

2019, Oct 19, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Salem, MA

2019, Oct 15, Cromwell-Belden Public Library, Cromwell, CT

2019, Oct 14, Special Community Festival, Pierson Park, Cromwell, CT

2019, Sept 18, NCCHP Museum, Granville MA

2019, Sept 16, Massry Residence, Albany, NY

2019, Sept 9, Fiske Free Library, Claremont, NH

2019, March 26, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

2019, Jan 19, Brainard Memorial Library, Haddam, CT

2018, Nov 1, Covenant Village, Cromwell, CT

2018, Oct 24, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY

2018, Oct 23, Rye Public Library, Rye, NH

2018, Oct 23, Willow Valley Community, Lancaster, PA

2018, Oct 22, Willow Valley Community, Lancaster, PA

2018, Oct 20, The Scarlet Letter Press, Salem, MA

2018, Oct 17, Cromwell Belden Library, Cromwell, CT

2018, Oct 11, Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate

2018, Sept 19, Suffield Historical Society, Suffield, CT

2018, July 10, Southbury Public Library, Southbury, CT

2018, July 12, Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT

2018, April 23, Newbury Public Library, Newbury, NH

2017, Nov 14, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

2017, Oct 26, Cromwell Belden Library, Cromwell, CT

2017, Oct 25, Library, Wolcott, CT

2017, Oct 24, King Phillip Middle School, Norfolk, MA

2017, Oct 17, Perkins School for the Blind

2017, Oct 14, Scarlet Letter Press, Salem, CT

2017, Oct 11, Seymour Public Library, CT

2017, Sept 18, Historical Society, East Granby, CT

2017, Sept 09, Case Memorial Library, Orange, CT

2017, Apr 13, Massry Residence, Albany, NY

2017, Jan 27, Trexler Middle School, Allentown, PA

2016, Oct 31, When Words Count Retreat, Rochester, VT

2016, Oct 27, Cromwell Belden Library, Cromwell, CT

2016, Oct 26, Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland, NY

2016, Oct 26, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY

2016, Oct 24, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, MA

2016, Oct 13, Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate, Waltham, MA

2016, Oct 13, King Philip Regional Middle School, Norfolk, MA

2016, Oct 11, Weston Public Library, Weston, MA

2016, Oct 5, Bristol Public Library, Bristol, CT

2015, Oct 6, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glasontbury, Ct

2015, Oct 13, Cromwell-Belden Library, Cromwell, Ct

2015, Oct 17, Scarlet Letter Press 7 Gallery, Salem, MA

2015, Oct 26, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY

2015, Oct 27, Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck, CT

2015, Oct 28, King Philip Regional Middle School, Norfolk, MA

2015, Sept 21, East Granby Historical Society, East Granby, CT

2014, Dec 12, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT

2014, Nov 16, F. H. Cossitt Public Library, No. Granby, CT

2014, Nov 15, Hagaman Memorial Library East Haven CT

2014, Oct 31, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford NH

2014, Oct 28, Mount Anthony Union High Schoo, Bennington, VT

2014, Oct 23, Cromwell Library, Cromwell, CT

2014, Oct 18, The Scarlet Letter Press, Salem, MA

2014, Sept 28, Seymour Historical Society, Seymour, CT

2014, Nov 12, Yale Divinity Faculty Dinner

2014, April 29,   Calf Pen Medow School, Milford, CT

2014, Jan 30,   La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

2014, Jan 14,  Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge, CT

2013, Dec 19,  East Short Middle School, Milford, CT

2013, Nov 06, Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT

2013, Oct 30,  Belden Library, Cromwell, CT

2013, Oct 30,  Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford, NH

2013, Oct 24, Windsor Public Library, Windsor, CT

2013, Oct 21,  Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, CT

2013, July 29, Crosby Commons, Shelton, CT

2013, April 13,  Library Center, Springfield, MO, Big Read Program

2013 January 8,  LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

2012 October 10,  Old Lyme PGN Library, Old Lyme CT

2012 October 17, Kent Memorial Libray, Suffield, CT

2012 October 18, Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH, Big Read Program

2012 November 1, Belden Public Library, Cromwell, CT

2012 November 2, Westport Library

2012 September 25, Bethel Library, Bethel CT

2012 August 20, Case Memorial Library, Orange CT

2012 August 14, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT

2012 August 7, Southbury Library, Southbury CT

2012 August 8,  Derby Neck Library, Derby CT

2012 February 14, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT.

2012 February 10, Babcock Library, Ashford CT.

2012 October 31, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

2011 October 7-11, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Big Read!, Albuquerque, NM.

2011 October 13, 6:30pm, Torrington Public Library, Torrington, CT.

2010 October 20, 7pm, Cromwell Public Library, Cromwell CT.

2010 October 27, 6:30pm, Rocky Hill Public Library, Rocky Hill, CT.

2010 June 14, Northwestern Regional High School, Winsted, CT

2009 October 31, Boo! at the Bushnell, Bushnell Theater, Hartford, CT

2009 October, tour of 13 libraries in Connecticut for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program

2009 Sept 1, Page 1 television with Zita Christian