Originally from Port Orchard, Washington, Garrit is a New York based actor, singer, musician, and composer. In his first New York performance, Garrit received critical acclaim as the gender-bending Fagin in the Drama Desk nominated musical Twist. For his performance, he was nominated for the MITF award for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical”. He has toured internationally with the acclaimed Circus company Cirque Dreams, and had the honor of performing for our troops abroad. Favorite roles include the Waiter in She Loves Me, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Enjolras in Les Miserables, screlting the music of Freddie Mercury in the original tribute show The Four Piano Men, and providing the voice of Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors under the direction of Emmy award nominee Donna Drake.
As a composer, Garrit was given the MITF award for “Outstanding Music” for his additional music to Twist. With his writing partner Justin Anthony Long he was awarded first place in the first annual Ken Davenport 10-minute musical/play competition for Cookie Soiree, was a finalist for the second annual 10-minute musical/play competition for Jake and Lindsay, and was awarded the 2014 Audience Favorite Award for the 2014 Soundbites Festival with Cookie Soiree. Garrit and Justin are currently working on their first full length musical. Garrit has also composed music for the hit YouTube series Microwave Delights, one of many series from YouTube food channel Cult Moo.
Garrit works regularly as a pianist and music director, having had the pleasure of playing for Christopher Sieber, Coleen Sexton, Ben Cameron, Todd Buonapane, Kate Pazakis, and many more. He acted as musical director for the acclaimed return of Christmas with the Crawfords starring legendary nightlife icon Joey Arias, and Project Runway’s Chris March. He had the pleasure of acting as musical director for Miranda Sings at Birdland, and music directed Letters to Daddy at the NYMF 2009 and Ever Happily After at the NYMF 2013. He had the honor of music directing the Winter/Spring season for the Palace Theatre’s 100th year in Manchester, NH, leading orchestras for West Side Story, Godspell, Les Miserables, and The All New Piano Men to audience acclaim. Garrit has had the honor of music directing and playing for various charity concerts in NY, including Broadway Sings for Japan and concerts benefiting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. He is currently on staff at the renowned Pace University as the accompanist for the Commercial Dance Department.
Garrit regularly works in NY nightlife as a piano bar entertainer. You can find him entertaining audiences, taking requests, and making musical dreams come true at the legendary Duplex Piano Bar on Tuesday nights starting at 9pm.
Garrit is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802.