Jana Harper, BA Arts Management ’90, was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. Her father was a professor of Accounting in the College of Business and her mother taught in the Institute for Human Development. Her commitment to NAU deepened when she met her husband, Bill, on the stage of NAU’s Theatre production of West Side Story.
Upon graduation, Jana worked at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and Portland Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon before moving to Los Angeles, California. She briefly worked in the corporate world before committing her time to raising her two children and volunteering to support their school with fundraising and serving on their board of directors.
Over the years, Jana and Bill have established a scholarship honoring Jana’s parents and an endowment to support Theatre productions at NAU. In 2018, Jana, with her husband Bill, were the recipients of the President’s Alumni Award and were honored during homecoming.