Andrew G. Cooper is a Canadian theatre creator, director, and playwright. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Thompson Rivers University and is the recipient of the Kamloops Mayor’s Emerging Artist Award. He won multiple awards for Outstanding Choreography for his work in Musical Theatre with the Academy of Dance and is the founding Artistic Managing Director of Chimera Theatre in Kamloops, BC and the founding and current Artistic Producer of Jupiter Theatre in Calgary, AB. Andrew also works as the Producer of Ghost River Theatre, a devised theatre creation company. As a theatre artist, Andrew’s focus is on the creation of new works of Canadian theatre with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary art and storytelling through non-verbal mediums such as movement, puppetry, mask, and stage combat.
His directing credits include The Three Munsch-keteers (Project X Theatre), Mockus (Chimera Theatre/Jupiter Theatre), and The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda (Thompson Rivers University). He wrote and directed One Day, The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Knights of the Sun, Frankenstein (Chimera Theatre), Crossroads, The Disordered Mind, The Witness, Padova: The Untold Story (Tranquille Tunnel Theatre), and The Grind (Western Canada Theatre’s High-Wire Festival). Andrew was also a co-director and co-creator of FOUR (Jupiter Theatre). He has been fortunate to work at such incredible companies as Citadel Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, and Theatre: Calgary, Ghost River Theatre, Cirque Nuit, BC Living Arts, and Western Canada Theatre.
Andrew has had the honour of training with Fight Directors Canada, Green Fools Theatre, Academie Duello, Shakescenes, Ghost River Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Swallow-a-Bicycle, Loose Moose Theatre, and the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive. He has also had the pleasure of working as an assistant director with many talented professionals, including award-winning directors such as Daryl Cloran, Jonathan Christenson, Stafford Arima, and James MacDonald.
Perseus & Andromeda, which he co-created with Melissa Purcha, won the Best Design and Best of Fest awards at the 2018 Hydra Performing Arts Festival and his production of The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm was nominated for Best New Play and Best Comedy at the 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival. He also co-created a puppet adaptation of The Robber Bridegroom with Melissa Purcha, which toured across Western Canada to critical acclaim in 2019. His short play The Grind won first place in Theatre New Vintage’s 10-Minute Playwriting Competition and then went on to win Third Place in the Judge’s Choice for the Wildcard Finals of the 2018 Sydney Short + Sweet Festival. Two other short plays, Dispatch and Phobia, were finalists of Theatre New Vintage’s 10-Minute Playwriting Competition in 2019 and Dispatch went on to premiere at the Newmarket National Playwriting Festival in Ontario later that year. Andrew also wrote SuperZeroes and did the choreography and fight direction for its first production with Chimera Theatre in 2016. He is the creator and producer of (exp)lore, a site-specific podcast anthology with Jupiter Theatre and Media Lab YYC, which was nominated for ten Audio Verse Awards in 2020.
Andrew is a lover of astronomy and animals and currently lives in Calgary, AB.