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Eleanor Harder

Eleanor Harder, author and composer/lyricist, has written more than 20 plays and musicals, many with her husband, Ray. Their works have been produced in all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. A graduate of UCLA in theatre and music, Harder has received numerous awards for her work, was given a grant from the state of Michigan for a new musical, was honored by the Authors and Celebrities Forum and the Los Angeles Board of Education for her plays and musicals for family audiences, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the UCLA Writers' Program. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, AFTRA, ASCAP and PEN. Harder has written a children's novel, Darius and the Dozer Bull; music for the stage adaptation A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde; radio scripts for the Los Angeles county schools; stories for Hanna-Barbera Productions' Yogi Bear; stories for Western Publishing's Tweety and Sylvester; educational filmstrips for CBS; and scripts, stories and music for Mattei Toys. Harder was also a writer/reporter for ABC Network Radio's Weekend West. At the 2010 AATE National Theatre Conference, Harder and her husband were honored with the Orlin Corey Medallion Award from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America in recognition of their lifelong collaboration in theatre for both youth and adult audiences. They have two married children, Dan and Julie, and three grandchildren. They share their home in Los Angeles with Tary, a spaniel of sorts that wandered in and stayed.