Mr. Harney is known nationally for his work as a producer, director, teacher and actor. He is Founder, Director of By All Means Save Some (BAMSS) Theatre Works and BAMSS Studio Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, home of BAMSS Youth Theatre Ensemble (BYTE), BAMSS Adult Repertory Company (BARC), BAMSS school and after-school programs and BAMSS annual Summer Musical Theatre Workshops.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Harney attended Laguardia High School of Music and Art and The Juilliard School. He made his television debut at age seven (Tonight With Belafonte) and Broadway debut at eighteen (Purlie). Since then he has garnered a long list of credits as lead actor including: The Wiz, Treemonisha, Pippin, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Pajama Game (1974 revival), Dreamgirls, Tap Dance Kid, Brownstone, Purlie, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, Williams and Walker and on television as District Attorney Peter Ramsey on ABC’s All My Children. Notable films are: Bad Decisions, Son of Sam, Son of Hope, Heart of Stone and his children’s video series, Ben & Eddie.
Mr. Harney has directed and taught: as Artist-in-Residence at Fordham University Lincoln Center, NYC, as Visiting-Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY, Harvest School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA, instructor and program developer for public schools in NYC and Director of the Adult Drama Dept., youth and adult musical theatre productions and NBC and ABC specials for Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Tony Award - Best Actor in a Musical, Dreamgirls 1982
Drama Desk Award nomination - Best Actor, Dreamgirls 1982
AUDELCO Award nomination - Best Actor, Williams and Walker 1986
NAACP Image Award nomination – Best Supporting Actor, Tap Dance Kid 1985
Bay Circle Critics Award - Best Supporting Actor, Tap Dance Kid 1985
MITF Award nomination – Best Musical, Children of God 2012
AUDELCO Award nomination - Best Director of a Musical, Pearl 2013
Co-Founder and Associate Director of BAMSS, works together with her husband Ben Harney to find new and imaginative methods for the development and presentation of family theatre. Olive was a modern dance major and a graduate of the High School of Performing, but her interests turned more towards what happens behind the scenes.
Her career in theatre production and management has taken her from Broadway to Carnegie Hall. She was Wardrobe Supervisor and then Stage Manager for the original Broadway production of the Tony nominated musical Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope. Other Broadway Wardrobe and Supervisory credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar and Inacent Black starring Melba Moore.
Some of her production and stage management credits include: Johnson Products’ “Gentle Treatment Nationwide Model Search" Finale III and IV; The Urban Block Party; the Inauguration Ceremony for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Great Day Chorale; Christmas in New York with Dino Kartsonakis and Natalie Cole; Album Release Event for Patti Labelle; Album release Event for The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin; and numerous Christian Cultural Center Creative Arts productions.
Mrs. Harney was part of the team that developed and produced the children’s video series, Ben & Eddie, and has toured the United States and Japan as Road Manager for her brother, the late, great Jazz violinist, Noel Pointer.
Mrs. Harney received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Medgar Evers College and graduated with honors. She was immediately offered a head teacher position at the Annie G. Newsome Headstart Center in New York City. She was one of the core staff that founded and developed Frederick Douglass Academy IV, a school in Brooklyn for gifted children.
Olive and Ben believes wholeheartedly in the BAMSS mission to provide comprehensive instruction in acting, theatre skills, musical theatre, chorus, dance, and theatre appreciation for youths and adults, in order to broaden the knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the theatre experience, so that they can help to, “By All Means Save Some”.
Soli deo Gloria