Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Authors
Eleanor Harder, author and composer-lyricist, has written over twenty widely produced plays and musicals. They include Annabelle Broom, The Unhappy Witch; The Nearsighted Knight and the Farsighted Dragon; Hey Ho, Pinocchio, and Pioneer Drama's award-winning New Clothes for the Empress and Beauty and the Lonely Beast, and a musical based on the popular comic strip, Luanne. Her latest work for Pioneer, Rememberin' Stuff, is a teen drama using monologues and short scenes.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, SCBWI, Actors' Equity, AFTRA, ASCAP and PEN, Eleanor has won several international play contests, been honored by the Authors and Celebrities Forum and the Los Angeles Board of Education for her contributions to literature and music for family audiences, and received a grant from the state of Michigan to write a new musical celebrating the opening of a restored opera house.
She and her husband, Ray, with whom she frequently collaborates on the plays, began working together while they were students at UCLA. A graduate in Theatre and Music, Eleanor has taught in the UCLA Writers' Program where she was awarded "Outstanding Teacher of the Year."
The Harders' plays are produced throughout the U.S. and 14 foreign countries, and Eleanor's music has recently been recorded in Europe. In addition, Eleanor has written a children's novel, stories for Hanna-Barbera TV Productions, film strips for CBS, and stories and songs for Mattel Toys.
Eleanor Harder has two married children and three grandchildren, and she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and Sheba, an elderly basset hound.