Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Authors
Harvey G. Cocks celebrated his 29th year as Executive/Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre in 2008. He spent two years with the Clare Tree Major Children's Theatre, had a three year Broadway run as the juvenile lead in Life with Father, was Michael Todd's singing juvenile-lead in As the Girls Go and played a featured role in I'll 'Take the High Road. His television credits include The Aldrich Family and the musical series Places, Please. Harvey was on radio with The Daniels Family and the Ann Delafield Hour. He studied directing with Howard Lindsay, Bretaigne Windust and had playwriting workshops with John Gassner at Columbia University. He was partner of a summer theatre in New Hampshire for five years and directed small industrial shows for the Burnaford and Son advertising agency and was a film production manager for Drew Associates.
In Fort Wayne, Harvey was the former owner of Quimby Village and has been a guest director at the Civic, Arena and First Presbyterian Theatres. He wrote, produced and directed Fort Wayne's 1982 Flood Benefit and directed the Lincoln Museum Inaugural for the Lincoln National Corporation. He co-authored the published play Why Darkness Seems So Light with Helen Frost.
Harvey’s awards include five Arena Theatre Best Actor Awards, five similar Civic Theatre Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Historical Societies Johnny Appleseed Pioneer Spirit Award and the Civic Theatre's George Koegel Lifetime Achievement Award.