Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts

Harand Camp Counselors and Staff

Harand Camp has been a family-run business since its founding and many of our senior staff members have been working with us for over 35 years ("Lifetime Haranders"). All administrators, department heads, directors and choreographers are working professionals and/or educators with years of expertise. The knowledge, commitment and care they bring to their positions at Harand Camp is unsurpassed. We couldn't ask for a better team to help guide your children towards a safe and successful summer camp experience.

Counselors come from across the country - and many have been campers themselves! All counselors must be 18+ and out of high school, but many hold advanced degrees in fields such as education, theater, and more. All must submit an extensive application (including employment history) and are subjected to a reference and background check. Counselors attend a rigorous pre-camp training so they are ready to help your camper thrive the moment they step off the bus. Counselors act as advisor, friend, teacher, guide, parent, and big brother/sister, helping to create a sense of unity and family.

The entire staff comes together as a team working to create a wonderful and safe experience for all Haranders. We are positive, enthusiastic, and above all, selfless. Our mantra is "Camp is for the Campers" as the children must always be the first priority.

spacer We have set forth the following objectives for the summer:
spacer To provide our campers with all the fun, sports and companionship of camp life,
spacer and an opportunity to mature emotionally and learn to live with each other
spacer To develop a love of the theatre arts
spacer To develop poise through becoming conditioned to appear in front of an audience
spacer To develop a more engaging personality through artistic appreciation & expression
spacer To achieve excellence without competition
spacer To assist campers to be outstanding citizens in their communities
spacer To improve communication skills and peer interaction
spacer To achieve our goals every staff member brings all the love, dedication,
spacer cooperation, work and wisdom they can muster

To find out how you can be a part of the Harand Camp team, please visit our employment page.

All those interested in working at Harand Camp must submit a complete application (including an employment history) and are subjected to a reference and background check.



Sulie Harand
Sulie Harand (1919 - 2016) studied opera at a young age with Richard DeYoung at the American
Conservatory of Music, and was coached by Kurt Herbert Adler, who became the Artistic
Director of the San Francisco Opera. She won contests in Chicago movie houses and radio
shows, culminating in a long run at the Oriental Theatre. Sulie played clubs across the Midwest,
performing tributes to Grace Moore, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and others. She quickly
turned to musical theatre and established an enviable reputation with her one-woman-shows
where she would become many characters in a single performance without changing costume.
Traveling all over the country with 39 different shows in her repertoire, Sulie brought laughter,
tears, and beauty to the stage. In 1962, Sulie was granted a private audition at New York's
Carnegie Hall with composer Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) and Broadway producer Stuart
Ostrow. Though she was offered a starring role, Sulie declined because she did not want to
be away from her family for so long. While she continued performing, Sulie opened the Harand
Studios of the Theatre Arts with her sister Pearl, which later expanded to include Harand Camp.


Pearl Harand
Pearl Harand (1915-1999) began as a great actress, comedienne and folk singer and was
a member of the Chicago Repertory Theatre alongside Studs Terkel and Nate Davis. She
also studied literature and took theatre courses at Northwestern University. Pearl later
married Sam Gaffin, who would become bookkeeper, chef and scuba diving instructor
at Harand Camp, and they had two daughters, Nora (Co-Director of Harand Camp and
Head of Drama Department) and Janice (Co- Director of Harand Camp and Camp Nurse).
While Sulie was doing her one- woman musicals, Pearl was writing original material, first
for nightclubs and then for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and well known organizations
around the country. She would tailor make the material into comic sketches and songs
and later Pearl performed one-woman shows such as the story of Molly Picon and Fiddler
on the Roof. Pearl founded the studios and camp with Sulie and their husbands, where
she headed the Drama Department, coordinated costumes and tech, and ran the business
office with Byron and Sam. She passed away in 1999, a second mother to many alumni.

Byron Friedman
Byron Friedman (1915-1994) passed away in Beaver Dam at camp in 1994. He received
his Bachelors in Psychology, studied social work, and also served with the First Marine
Division in the South Pacific during WWII. Though his first job after the war was as a Vice
President with American Tobacco Company, Byron decided to be Sulie's business manager,
and when Sulie and Pearl opened the Harand Studios of Theatre Arts, Byron became the
administrator. At one time he was the President of the Chicago chapter of ANTA (American
National Theatre Academy). Byron was also a loving and devoted husband to Sulie, and
was proud to be her greatest fan. Fondly known as "Big Toe" or "Uncle Byron" to many
alumni, his loving personality combined with his psychology background prepared him
well for his unforgettable role as the beloved Camp Director.

Sam Gaffin
A First Sergeant in WWII, Sam Gaffin (1915-1979) was a member of the Chicago Repertory
Theater, but not at the same time as Pearl. They just missed each other but wound up
marrying and having two daughters. He first worked with Byron at the American Tobacco
Company as a salesman, and at camp, taught scuba diving and other athletics, ran the
bookkeeping, and later went to culinary school and became the camp's Chef, replacing
Rollie. Sam also worked side by side at the office with Byron and Pearl and alumni
remember how "Uncle Sam" would sit quietly on the side porch of Wonderful Town smoking
his pipe, and often shooting the breeze with the guys. And on Sundays, he would do a
cook out, with hamburgers, bratwurst, and all the trimmings. A calm confidence, always
ready to listen, Uncle Sam was loved by all. He passed away in 1979.

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