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. 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 is the director and writer of the CG-animated feature film, “The Sky Princess”, an official selection of the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City starring Vivica A. Fox.
Dara’s creativity is ignited by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, rainy days (even though those are very rare in Southern California) and a great cup of cappuccino. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and takes full advantage of long walks on the beach and the synergy and culture of one of the world’s most international cities.
A Short Video Interview With Dara and Cast of the play “Half Truths, Full Plate”
Special thanks to RJ Wayne and the Towne Street Theatre