2013 Northwest Star Artist Award
Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls
Jane Anderson was chosen for her lifelong achievements in performing arts. Area theater audience members have enjoyed viewing Jane on stage for the last two decades. Actors and technicians have benefitted from her leadership and organization behind the scenes. She is a joy to work with; and she brings ideas, enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude to the performing arts in Thief River Falls and our area.
Vanessa Martell nominated Jane for this award and wrote a wonderful letter on Jane’s outstanding abilities to lead in performing arts. “Jane is an amazing singer with outstanding theatrical experience and stage presence. She is a delight to not only work with on stage but off stage as well. Jane knows when it is time to show her craft and when it is time to teach her craft and develop young performers. Jane has created ample opportunities for performances in our region and over sees every detail.”
Barb Geer wrote a nice letter of support stating, “I have worked with Jane on many occasions and know well her passion to promote music and theater in our area. As President of the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council, she has worked major miracles in reviving that organization and bringing it to a professional level.”
“My most recent collaboration with Jane occurred last December when she, Vanessa Martell and I worked together to bring Handel’s Messiah to Thief River Falls. Her contacts in the world of music brought together musicians from far and wide to perform in a sing-along setting held at United Methodist Church. Widely acclaimed and well-received, the event is destined to become an annual production, with next year’s becoming even more elaborate, Jane having already procured the services of the Grand Forks Symphony and monetary support to make that happen.”
Jane served on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council board of directors. She was a engaged active member. She is very encouraging in all areas of theater and goes the extra mile to ensure that the public is well informed. When Jane is not behind the scenes checking the details of a show, she is on the stage. Congratulations Jane on being selected as Northwest Star Artist!