Jerry and his wife Sandy spent their earlier years under the mentorship of OBIE Award Winner, Rachel Rosenthal. Both were core members in Rosenthal's innovative new theatre form called "Instant Theatre" and "Instant Fairytales" in Los Angeles.
Jerry Harper is the Artistic Director Emeritus of Cyrano's. During Jerry's life his acting and directing credentials were extensive. Jerry was the Dean of Voiceover talent and appeared in numerous commercials. A few of Jerry's awards include: Best Actor Award in Chicago for MacBird, the Lorene Harrison Award For Lifetime Achievement In The Arts (2001), and the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of Alaska Anchorage (2004).
Jerry died of cancer April 8, 2005, the day his theatre, Cyrano's received yet another accolade, the Mayors Award for Arts Organizations.Jerry was a guest artist and played King Lear in UAA’s production of King Lear in 2000.