Queensbury NY: Notable Names in the Arts
Notable Names In The Arts From the Queensbury Region
Whether if you like to be part of the audience, or doing a work of art yourself, our area has a lot to offer in the arts fields. It’s a great place to build a strong foundation for a future career.
While we may have that small town feel, we’ve had some big time success! Did you know that these familiar success stories were all locals from our area?
Born in Queensbury, NY, Derek is best known for playing Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and for his role as Josh in 2005’s Hostel. He has also starred in several TV shows including Anger Management, Psych, American Horror Story, Men in Trees, Felicity, and Law & Order as well as several short films and guest spots.
Northup is the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave and the subject of the Academy Award winning movie of the same name. After Northup, a free black man, was kidnapped and sold into slavery then made it back to freedom, he eventually lived with his daughter in Queensbury for a while before his unexplained disappearance later in life.
First, she won Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 College Women.” Then, she landed on the cover. But she always wanted to be a writer, typing away on her typewriter ever since she was a young girl. She was the editor of several popular magazines before she became editor-in-chief for Cosmopolitan magazine, taking their circulation to new heights and landing it at number one on the newsstands. But she had murder mystery novels circling through her heart, and soon she couldn’t ignore them anymore. So after 14 years at Cosmopolitan, she resigned to write full time and can now add New York Times bestselling author to her long list of accomplishments.
Johannah Spero, otherwise known as author JD Spero, studied English literature and Russian while in college in Boston. She worked in advertising for a while before getting her master’s degree in education and became a teacher. Originally from Lake George, she is now back in the area, living in Queensbury as a mother of three. Spero realized she needed writing in her life. Initially writing in short spurts whenever she could work it around her children, she eventually published her first book, Catcher’s Keeper, inspired by her teaching experiences. Her second book, Forte, was published by Xchyler Publishing and features Skene Manor, a prominent mansion on the side of a mountain in Whitehall.
These Queensbury notable names in the arts represent a thriving community of talented artists, writers, musicians and performing artists that enrich our area and provide residents and visitors with a full cultural experience.
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