Award winning entertainer Ali Harper is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School. With her career spanning over 25 years, Ali has starred in numerous musicals and plays throughout New Zealand with many at The Court Theatre. She has many highlights including Blood Brothers; Mamma Mia; Legally Blonde; My Fair Lady; Mary Poppins; The Sound of Music; Guys and Dolls; South Pacific; A Shortcut to Happiness; Side by Side by Sondheim; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Jerry’s Girls; The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Tell Me on a Sunday.
After performing the one woman play Songs for Nobodies at The Court Theatre, Ali went on to do a New Zealand tour of 21 towns last year, including many Arts Festivals. This culminated in Ali winning Best One Woman Show in New York at the prestigious United Solo Festival on 42nd Street.
Her other New Zealand tours include Chess; Evita; Pirates of Penzance; Oklahoma and the one woman play Bombshells, where Ali was awarded Best Actress at the United Solo Festival in New York in 2014 and Chapman Tripp Best Actress in Wellington in 2008.
Last year Ali also performed her cabaret show A Down Under Diva! in New York at Don’t Tell Mama and she has had other performances in New York at The Metropolitan Room in 2013 and 2014.
Ali’s production company Ali-Cat Productions produce and tour her solo shows A Doris Day Special; Legendary Divas and Naughty and Nice. She also enjoys time abroad as a guest entertainer on cruise ships, MCing and performance coaching, specialising in singing and vocal yoga.
Her television credits include Hope and Wire; The Strip; Market Forces and resident singer for four years on TV One’s Dancing with the Stars as well as Morning Radio Host on Wellington’s Classic Hits.
Ali’s five albums are A Doris Day Special; Legendary Divas; Naughty and Nice; Songs for Everybody and Something So Right.