Beth Harper


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Reelected March 2017; term ends March 2020

Beth Harper is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of the Portland Actors Conservatory. She is the recipient of the Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, a Willie Award-winning actor, and a Drammy award recipient for acting and directing. Her favorite directing credits at Portland Actors Conservatory include: Really, Really, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Two Rooms, A Piece of My Heart, Fuddy Meers, Biloxi Blues, Picnic, You Can’t Take it With You, and The Laramie Project. Her regional professional directing credits include: Drawer Boy (starring William Hurt), How I Learned to Drive, and Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music and FM. Her favorite acting experiences include Circle Mirror Transformation, The Glass Menagerie, A Delicate Balance, Independence, and A Pirate’s Lullaby. Ms. Harper also is a member of the PAC faculty, with a specialty in American realism and method.

Ms. Harper has toured Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East with Arts American and Artists Repertory Theatre, as well as serving since 1992 as a visiting professor and director in the Theatre department at Lewis and Clark College.

Ms. Harper was elected to the NAST Commission on Accreditation as a member in 2016.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Oregon State College, taught second and third grade for six years, and then pursued graduate studies in Theatre at Portland State University.

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Updated April 2017