“Dara’s literary voice successfully captures history and it’s immensely entertaining too.”
–The Metro Times
Dara Harper was born in Detroit and developed a passion for storytelling at an early age. She is a novelist, Off Broadway playwright, journalist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. She has worked on projects for MTV and Nickelodeon. She attended the Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts and graduated with a degree in Interactive Media from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. Dara won the Best African American Filmmaker Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for her animated short film, “la Revolution.”
While residing in New York City, she was accepted into the Harlem Writer’s Guild, past members include Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan. Her feature film, “Sweeter Without Sugar”, was an official selection at the African American Women In Cinema Film Festival. Her debut play, “Passing”, had a sold-out run Off-Broadway and was nominated for an Audience Development Committee, Inc. Award. She is the author of several novels and the children’s book, “No Glasses For Me.” She directed and wrote the CG-animated feature film, “The Sky Princess”, an official selection of the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City.
One of her scripts was recently selected as a top 30 semi-finalist from over 700 entries in BET’s Project CRE8 TV competition. She has been commissioned to write seven scripts and had five specs optioned. Her plays, “Half Truth, Full Plate” and “Shades of War” were recently produced at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre, in residence with the Towne Street Theatre. Dara was a semi-finalist in the Page Turner Writing Contest and a finalist in the Women of Color Filmmakers Writing Competition. She currently lives in Los Angeles.