Dec. 2013–Behind the Scenes at Cyrano’s Theatre Company–Sandy Harper

Harper is the Producing Artistic Director of the award-winning Cyrano’s Theatre Company.  In this capacity, Harper is responsible for programming, marketing, fundraising, and project management for each production.  Sandy and her husband, Jerry, founding members of Cyrano’s Theatre Company, spent their earlier years under the mentorship of Obie award-winner Rachel Rosenthal.  Both were core members in Rosenthal’s innovative new theatre form, called “Instant Theatre” and “Instant Fairy Tales”, in Los Angeles.  While in LA, Sandy earned her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.

In Alaska, Sandy has served on the national board of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Downtown Association.  She also served as President of the Anchorage Cultural Council.  Sandy continues to co-host a monthly radio program about the arts on KSKA public broadcasting in Anchorage.

Sandy’s awards include: the “Contribution to Literacy in Alaska” award, as the founding member of the Alaska Center for the book; the YWCA “Notable Woman of the Year”; and was inducted into the ATHENA Society in 2009.  In 2010, Sandy was recognized by the Soroptimist society for her encouragement of women in the arts.  In 2011, Sandy received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from UAA and the Lorene Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award.  Sandy has been featured in the national magazine American Theatre for producing a series of plays honoring the indigenous peoples of Alaska.

Sandy Harper

Sandy Harper

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