the production exhange
Here you get the access to ‘sights and sounds’ of the professional productions of my career. Explore productions directed by me, productions I have performed in, and characters I have given my voice to. Enjoy!
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Samuel Harjanne is an international theatre director and actor, originally from Finland. He has performed in various theatres in Finland, and he has directed shows in multiple languages in Finland, Estonia and the United Kingdom. He is specialized in musical theatre and concentrated on the art of performing and understanding music on stage. Teaching has been a big part of his career, as well as Voice Overs in various movies and TV-series. Passion for theatre has been his driving force and is never ending.
My aim is to tell stories that matter – create an unforgettable experience of true emotions, enterntaining spectacle and professional quality.
Teaching and coaching has been a big part of my life. Educating the theatre talents of tomorrow is a passionate subject to me.
In the early face of his directing career, Samuel started directing musical theatre for youth theatre companies, and in 2008 he made his professional directing debut with Altar Boyz in Helsinki, starring one of the biggest pop-stars in Finland – Antti Tuisku.
His other directorial credits include The Wedding Singer (2010), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2011), Disney’s Aladdin – bilingual version (2012), Hevisaurus ja Velhojenvuoren salaisuus (2013), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (2014, 2016), and Stiles & Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs (2014), Loserville (2015), and Don’t Run – A New Musical (2015). Spring Awakening (2017), and Les Misérables (2017). Kinky Boots (2018), Billy Elliot (2018) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2019). Maailma On Tehty Meitä Varten (2020), a transfer of Kinky Boots (2020), Groundhog Day (2020) and Sister Act (2020). In 2021 Samuel opens Spring Awakening, in Sweden, and at Tampereen Työväen Teatteri, Finland, Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Come From Away.
Samuel is educated in Sibelius Academy (BA Music Education) and GSA – Guildford School of Acting (MA Creative Practices & Direction). He has been taught by some of the best musical theatre professionals in the world, e.g. David Brunetti (USA), Anne-Marie Speed (UK), Julian Woolford (UK), Michael Moor (UK) and Terrie Fender (UK). His work is strongly influenced by the theories of Keith Johnstone (UK) and improvisation has had a huge impact on his career.
Musical Theatre Education has always been a passionate subject for Samuel. He has been teaching musical theatre in all major theatre schools in Finland (Theatre Academy of Helsinki, and the University of Tampere, to name a few), and he has also been a guest director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, UK. In 2010 he was teaching pop & rock singing in the Conservatoire of Turku. He has also been teaching privately musical theatre performance & singing, focusing on how to act through music.
Since 1998 Samuel has been heard in multiple animations on screen, television and games in Finnish. He has been dubbing movies for all the major film companies, e.g. Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers and Universal. These are some examples of his Voice Over works: Peter Pan and Return to Never Land (2002), Digimon Zero 2 (2001), Disney’s Kim Possible (2002-2007), Asterix and the Vikings (2006), Arthur and the Invisibles 1-3 (2007-2010), Disney’s Narnia Movies 1 & 2 (2005 & 2008), Disney’s Ratatouille (2007), Disney’s Hannah Montana (2006-2011), Surf’s Up (2007), Alvin and the Chipmunks Movies 1-3 (2007-2011), Little Prince (2010-2013), Happy Feet 2 (2011), The Adventures of Tintin – Secret of the Unicorn (2011), Lorax (2012), Lego Ninjago! (2011-2015),Life of Pi (2012), Disney’s Phineas & Ferb (2007-2015), and Rio 2 (2014). His voice is heard in over 200 movies and TV-series in Finland.
Samuel has also directed several Finnish versions of animations, movies and games. Some examples of his work include Bridge to Terabithia (2007), SamSam (2007-2011), A Charlie Brown Christmas (2008), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Disney’s High School Musical El Desafio (2009), Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Disney’s Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011), Disney’s Cars 2 console Game (2011), and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017).
In 2011 Samuel was one of the founders of Scandinavian production company, Polar Illusions (www.polarillusions.com). Its main purpose is to produce quality musical theatre in Scandinavian countries, connecting Nordic theatrical talents and developing musical theatre in Nordic countries. Since that Polar Illusions has produced two big scale productions in Finland and created a strong co-operation with Tallink Silja Oy, one of the biggest cruise lines in Scandinavia. Overall Polar Illusions has produced two Scandinavian premieres, one European premiere and four world premieres (four shows specifically created for Silja Line cruise lines).Samuel was awarded with “Ensi Linja” – Award in 2012 for his work as a director in Disney’s Aladdin. The award was for a new promising musical theatre talent.Samuel has worked with several musical theatre professionals around the world who represent the finest quality of international industry professionals, e.g. George Stiles (UK), Anthony Drewe (UK), David Bell (USA), Steven Dexter (UK), Gunilla Olsson-Karlsson (SWE), Dominic Shaw (UK), Georg Malvius (SWE), Markku Nenonen (FI) and Igor Barberic (HR).International musical theatre has always intrigued Samuel, and since 2014 he has been living in the United Kingdom.