I grew up in Niles, Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College for two years, before moving to Chicago to start my acting career.

Upon arriving in Chicago, I studied at Chicago’s famed iO Theater with legendary improv guru Del Close and iO founder Charna Halpern. Next, I spent fifteen years as an actor/writer with the award-winning comedy troupe Wavelength, performing in over forty states.

After many years on Chicago stages, WGN Television named me “one of Chicago’s best physical comedians,” and I was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Principal Actor citation, for the role of Austin in True West.

I finished my undergrad degree at DePaul University, through The School for New Learning.

Theaters I’ve worked with include: 16th Street Theater, City Lit, Victory Gardens, Lifeline, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, About Face, Provision Theatre, the Hypocrites, Trap Door, and others. I am a member of SAG, and my film/television/radio credits include Hannah Free, Just Visiting, Early Edition, and WBEZ’s Stories on Stage. My screenplay Let It Fly or Zen and the Art of Basketball made it to the quarter finals of the Page Awards, though I hope to better it with my sophomore effort.

My work in the arts is balanced by my time as Director of Marketing for VelocityEHS (www.ehs.com). I have an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Change Management. In addition to marketing, I routinely speak at regional and national shows on a wide variety of topics, from social media to learning communities.

The quote below is from my first review ever. It was for a Kalamazoo College production called “Shaw Shorts.” I was in a piece called “Macbeth Skit.” Thank you, Fred!

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THERE WERE MOMENTS WHEN THE PRODUCTION THREATENED TO SPARKLE. MOSTLY AT THE HANDS OF BRAD HARBAUGH, HE OF A NATURAL TALENT THAT COULD NOT BE HIDDEN. HARBAUGH HAS THE INNATE SENSE OF A COMIC ACTOR WITHOUT OVERDOING AND CHEWING SCENARY. HIS APPEARANCES AS MACBETH WERE WELCOME, AND EVEN HIS CAMEO IN THE FINAL ONE-ACT WAS A GEM OF A KEYSTONE COP VARIETY.
— FRED PEPPEL, KALAMAZOO GAZETTE