Oct 20, 2019
On March 4, 2019 Hawaii lost an esteemed leader of the arts community, when Jane Huckle Campbell lost her battle with cancer & exited life’s stage at age 87. She is deeply missed by family & friends.
Jane was born on July 7, 1931 in Boston, MA to Myron Samuel & Marie MacKinnon Huckle. She was the older sister to Myron, Jr & June. Following WWII the family moved to Seattle where Jane graduated from Roosevelt High School & enrolled at Washington State University, where she earned a BA in journalism. In 1957, Jane moved to Hawaii to work for the Honolulu Star Bulletin as the special interest & “dock” reporter, interviewing the notables who arrived on Matson’s Lurline & Matsonia.
Jane was assigned to report on the newly formed Honolulu Theatre for Youth and it’s founder Nancy Corbett. Mrs. Corbett recruited Jane to be the PR Director for HTY in 1960.
That same year Jane & Alexander Metcalf Fisher were married. They had a daughter, Lynne & a son Alexander.
Jane became the Managing Director of HTY in 1977. She determinedly guided the organization in its growth to a fully professional company with national & international recognition. She started the neighbor island tour with State support, spearheaded national tours including the World’s Fair in New Orleans & organized the first American theatre company tour to the Pacific Islands.
Jane served as president of the Arts Council of Hawaii & The Hawaii State Theatre Council; as an Executive Board member for the Alliance for Arts Education; Vice President of ASSITEJ/USA; & as an NEA site Evaluator. She received numerous awards from these arts groups as well as Hawaii’s 1992 Alfred Preis Award.
Jane retired in 2002 after 42 years. During her tenure, HTY produced over 300 plays, performed for 5 million attendees & grew to a budget of $1.3 million.
Jane continued her love for the arts, lending her knowledge to Chamber Music Hawaii as their grant writer and Secretary of their Board until the summer of 2018.
Jane is survived by daughter, Lynne (Lindy) Colpo & her husband David of Portland, OR; son Alexander (Sandy) Fisher & his wife Melissa of Kapaa, HI; grandchildren Dominic & Isadora Colpo; sister June Micka & her husband Ted of Brooklyn, MI. She is also survived by nieces, nephews & cousins on the mainland.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, brother and her beloved feline companions, most recently Sam.
Donations may be made to HTY, CMH or a nonprofit arts group of your choice.