Welcome to my website! Here's a bit of personal info about me! I was born and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and began performing when I was only three years old. I sang, danced and acted continuously throughout childhood and even began teaching the neighborhood kids when I was twelve! I began working with a nearby recording studio at the tender age of fourteen as a background singer and voiceover artist on many local projects. Then I was "discovered" (LOL) at seventeen and had a minor hit record on the Dot label entitled "Nobody Likes It But Us." I went on to major in Theatre/Television at Texas Christian University, and after a long hiatus from school to act and raise a family, I finally returned to TCU to finish my BFA and ultimately a Master of Science in Media and communication.
I consider myself first and foremost an actor - both stage and film. But I love teaching and have taught many years at various professional theaters in the DFW area, including Casa Manana in Fort Worth, WaterTower Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children's Theater, and now the very first young actors' class at S.T.A.G.E. As a certified theater teacher, I was one of the few elementary drama teachers in Dallas ISD. I retired in May 2007, and while I miss the wonderful teachers and students at Anne Frank Elementary, I am driven by my passion to pursue my dreams as an actor, screenwriter, voiceover artist and independent acting teacher/coach.
My loving family (hubby Bill plus kids, Michele, Ellen, Jennifer and her husband, Dmitri) and grandkids (Dorian, Anya, Pasha and our newest arrival, William Murphy Shortall) are so supportive and I cherish them all. I also appreciate my wonderful agents, especially Linda McAlister, for having faith in me and welcoming me as a part of her terrific agency. Definitely the best in Texas!
Thanks for visiting my site. It will continue to be a work in progress for my friends, family and students - anyone whose interested! All of you are helping make my dreams come true!
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PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING BIO: 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 childrens' theater program. Other Casa alumni with a strong presence in the local scene include B. J. Cleveland (actor/artistic director of Theatre Arlington) and Joel Farrell (actor and assistant artistic director at The Dallas Theater Center). Charles Baker, (credits include featured roles in film/TV, 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.
PRODUCING AND FILMMAKING BIO: A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association for over 30 years, Sharon Garrison is an actor, coach and independent producer who loves her work and serves as a fierce advocate for actors, writers and the Texas film industry. She holds two degrees from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth: BFA in Theatre/Television and a MS in Media Studies and Communication. As a graduate student, Sharon taught on-camera acting and film studies in the RTVF department, but in recent years, she has turned her attention to working with young actors. Her passion for teaching developing talent is second only to her love of the acting process and creating characters that come to life on stage and screen. Hollywood writer Del Shores created a recurring, supporting role for Sharon in his wildly popular SORDID LIVES THE SERIES, in which she played Mrs. Barnes, the preacher’s wife. More recent TV appearances include Sharon’s recurring role as “Judge Amelia Sanders” in the popular Lifetime TV series, DROP DEAD DIVA and a role on the new USA Network series, COMMON LAW. In addition to numerous on-camera and voiceover industrials and commercials, Sharon appeared in six films in recent years, four of which she also produced. A well-respected stage actress as well, Sharon appeared as Dr. Katherine Brandt in Theatre Three’s regional premiere of “33 Variations,” for which she received a Dallas Column Awards nomination for Best Actress. With three films in post-production with imminent release dates and a feature film in pre-production, Sharon looks forward to a bright future for her active production company, Velvet Ribbon Productions. Two of her films, SHOOTER, a Steve Riley Picture, and THE PAINTED WOMAN, directed by veteran Hollywood actor and director Dennis Burkley and written by William Bienes, will be ready for the festival circuit shortly. In THE PAINTED WOMAN, Sharon co-stars with Grover Coulson and Burton Gilliam. Sharon loves her work and living her dream, but she is most proud of her three daughters, three grandsons (including the newest addition, 3-month old, red-headed Murphy), one granddaughter, and her co-producer husband, Bill Mervis. “My Bill is the most patient, giving, loving man in the world!” Sharon takes every opportunity to say, “Thanks, Billy, for allowing me to live my dream.”
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 SAG-AFTRA board. She also chairs the SAG-AFTRA committee, ProACT, which stands for Professional Actor Career Training and is a co-moderator for the Dallas Table, a subsidiary group of the highly respected Los Angeles Table.