Artistic Director

Michael Cooper

Michael most recently directed The Alchemy Theatre’s premiere staged reading of The Sunflower Apostle, a play he also authored.  He directed The Alchemy’s productions of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory and Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery. He also directed Reverie Theatre’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar at the Mastrogeorge Theatre. 

He began working with The Alchemy by staging readings of Peter and Alice by John Logan, Domesticated by Bruce Norris, and The Virgin Trial by Kate Hennig. In Los Angeles, he directed the workshop production of The Dorothy Parker Project and the Co-Op production of The Lion in Winter at Pacific Resident Theatre. For LA’s Sierra Madre Playhouse, he directed productions of The Lion in Winter and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other LA productions include One For the Road (LA Car Plays); The Lies of Handsome Men; Beyond Me-A Docu-Musical; A Good Smoke; Two Men Losing Their Minds; My Africa; Knot Stew; Casse-tete; The Nature of the Beast; American Air; Where, Oh Where Could My Baby Be?; Tennessee Jar; Coyote Ugly, and Welcome Signs. In Chicago, Michael directed productions of Dames at Sea and El Grande de Coca-Cola, and in New York, a festival production of A Good Smoke. Michael received a degree in directing from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a 2005 alumnus of Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab West. His lone professional acting turn was performing Off-Broadway as Whizzer Brown in William Finn’s In Trousers at the Promenade Theatre in New York City. Michael is also the author of a new play, Dorothy Parker – Story Time for Grown Ups, based upon the rebellious life and extraordinary short stories of Dorothy Parker.