Samantha Cooper – Company Member
Specializing in PR, Acting, Directing, Playwright
We live in the world. We thrive through art.
Samantha Cooper is a graduate from Western Washington University (2010) with a dual degree in Theatre Arts (acting and playwriting) and English (literature) who has spent the last three years in Seattle working on her skills an actor, playwright, theatre cross-trainer, and fledgling director. Although her love of theatre spans all the disciplines, Samantha discovered her passion of collaboratively created/generative theatre while in college. Since that discovery, she’s happily been involved in roughly seven generative pieces that have greatly affected the way she looks at the modern theatrical model. She believes that devising has the greatest potential to flip the aforementioned model on its head, effect societal change, and transform the way theatre is written, directed, performed, and watched. While devising is a great passion of hers, her overall love of all disciplines never keeps her far away from all the creative parts of theatre.
In her other “day-job” life, Samantha worked as a Box Office Associate for Intiman (2010) and has spent the last three years as the Development Associate at Book-It Repertory Theatre. She is also the Senior Editor of the ten-minute play literary journal, NorthNorthwest and a board member of Northwest Playwrights Alliance (NPA). Other passions include searching for the perfect happy hour, park hopping, running, margaritas, and seeing as much theatre as her schedule will allow.
In the Fall of 2013, Samantha will begin graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City. She’s be working towards an MFA in Playwriting studying under people such as Anne Bogart and Charles Mee. Though this move takes her across the country, her heart will always partly remain in Washington State and with the amazing people of Blood Ensemble.
Devising/Generative: Innocent – Blood/Sailing (Blood Ensemble), Various – c.1993 – you never step in the same river twice (Annex Theatre), Performer – The F Word (WWU), The Doctor – Frankenstein Unstitched (WWU), Smith – cheat. (WWU), Performer – The Other End (WWU).
Acting: Janice – There Were Butterflies (NPA & Self- Produced), Various – Paper Bullets (Ghost Light Theatricals Battle of the Bards), Miss Amelia – The Little Princess (Novel Workshop Series – Book-It), Aunt Ev – The Miracle Worker (WWU), Martine – Apocalypse Plays (WWU STP), Alberta – The Laudromat (WWU), Woman – The Worker (WWU 470 Class), Janet, etc. – Rathdrum Imprint (WWU STP).
Writing: Shirtless Wonder – Theatre Suites: Arts Crush, The Beatin Path – NPA Double Shot Festival, Bathtub Safety – Antioch University, There Were Butterflies – NPA & Self Produced, Watch Over Me – NPA Double Shot Festival, Related Strangers Cycle – Self Produced, Dawn & Car Parts – Seattle Rep/WWU New Play Program, Apocalypse Plays Cycle – WWU STP.
Directing: Nevermore by Emily Harvey – Blood Ensemble, Remembrance Residue by Adam Breuning – NPA (Staged Reading), Losing Lauren by Becca Ehlers – ACT Young Playwright’s Festival (Staged Reading), The Course we Set by Amy Tofte – NPA (Staged Reading), Sarah Sleepwalking by Jessica Young – WWU Playwright’s Class Festival (Staged Reading).