January 25, 2020

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be directing the mainstage production for Jupiter Theatre's 2019/2020 season: Mockus by George M. Johnson! It's a terrific play and one that I'm so excited to be tackling again. 

I directed the world premiere of the show in 2016 with Chimera Theatre and since then the script has undergone serious changes (there's a whole new scene!) and it keeps getting better and better. I love directing and producing new works because seeing them evolve from workshops into productions is so rewarding. For this show, I'm also going to be doing the choreography and fight direction and I'm excitedto flex those muscles again. We start rehearsals at the beginning of February and the team I have right now I'm really looking f...

November 30, 2019

I'm quite fond of this thrilling little play. I wrote Dispatch last October as I was getting in the mood for Halloween and after that's it's gone on to great success. It was a finalist in Theatre New Vintage's 2019 Play Competition and then went on to gain its first production in Ontario this past summer. After announcing that the play was shortlisted for two Short + Sweet Festivals around the world, I'm very pleased to announce that Dispatch will be receiving a production on the other side of the Pacific in Sydney, Australia early next year!

Kiana Woo, Katherine Cappellacci, Kayne Wylie in the NNPF 2019 production of Dispatch by Andrew G. Cooper. Directed by Trevor Curran. Scenic design, Ellen Brooker. Costume Design, Madeline Ius...

November 10, 2019

Theatre is, by its nature, collaborative. That's what I really love about it. It's what makes the art form so alive. When an author writes a book, there's usually only one interpretation of the text: the reader. Of course, there's input from the editors, the publishers, etc., but in the actual ingestion of the art it goes from the words that were written by the creator straight into the mind of the reader and that reader interprets the story.

With theatre it's different. A playwright writes words and then those words are interpreted by artists. A director creates the vision of the show. The designers create the world and space and texture of the play to come to life in. Actors bring the characters to life. Each of these add an interpret...

November 4, 2019

In 2018, The Grind became my first play to be produced internationally when it was performed at the 2018 Sydney Short + Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. That play went on to win first place in Judge's Choice and second place in People's Choice in its series in the festival and Third Place for Judge's Choice in the Wildcard Finals for the entire festival. This week, I got more excited news about these great festivals!

The Grind. Performed at Theatre New Vintage's Black Cat Cabaret in 2017. Directed by Ashley Plomp.

Today I was notified that my latest 10-minute play Dispatch (which was produced for the first time this summer at the New Market National Play Festival, in New Market, Ontario) has been shortlisted for not one but two Short + Sw...

August 27, 2019

That's right friends! One Day will be my first play to reach the stages of the United States when it debuts at the Otherworlds Theatre's Paragon Festival! The play has been selected to be one of the forty shows in the festival running November 9th and 10th, 2019.

This is the fifth annual Paragon Festival, the world's largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Play Festival. And if you know anything about me...science fiction and fantasy are two of my favourite things. Having the opportunity to explore these genres (plus the supernatural and horror genres) on stage over the last few years has been incredibly rewarding. According the Otherworld's website:

"Paragon is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the gen...

July 22, 2019

After placing in the final four for New Vintage Theatre's 2019 Black Cat Cabaret Playwriting Competition this past February, my latest 10-minute play Dispatch will be receiving its world premiere this week in Newmarket, Ontario! This is the first of my plays to be produced in Ontario and I'm very excited that a new market (see what I did there?) of people are able to take in my work. 

The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival was founded in 2017 and this is its third year of operation. According to their website: "Twenty-four original ten-minute plays are packaged into four “pods” of six shows playing at Newmarket's newly refurbished Old Town Hall Theatre. Plays are selected from submissions sent in from across...

June 9, 2019

I did it. 

I wrote, self-directed, and performed in a one-man show. Earlier this spring I announced that my newest show Other Deaths of the Universe would be debuting this spring (and explained why in the world I would undertake this daunting task). I wasn't sure how the project would turn out, but I survived it. It was the scariest thing I've done so far as a theatre artist and a performer but, most importantly, I learned a lot from the experience. Here's a few thoughts from the process: 

Lighting Design by Tauran Wood. Photo by Aiden Nidelet.

  1. Being yourself on stage is very, very hard.
    This show was deeply personal. It was challenging as a performer not only to memorize and perform a 65 minute show by myself, b...

March 20, 2019

Spring is finally here and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's breathing heavy sighs of relief in this warm fresh air. I was initially afraid that Edmonton wouldn't be as balmy as Calgary, but so far northern Alberta is treating me great with every day being above 10ºC!

March has been a whirlwind of a month so far and I'm so excited to be jumping into my next project in Edmonton (The Invisible at Catalyst Theatre). Before talking about what's coming up next in my theatre world, I just wanted to reflect on my first time with the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary last week!

Here's what the festival is all about according to their website:

"Here at the Festival of Animated Objects we strive to engage our audience and animate our city by bre...

February 14, 2019

Well, the world premiere run of The Robber Bridegroom by the Brothers Grimm (adapted by the Chimera Theatre Ensemble) is finished. The show ran for eleven performances in Kamloops and Calgary and was met with enthusiasm in both cities! This show has meant a great deal to me and I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to work and play with so many wonderful collaborators, designers, performers, and puppeteers!

If you're interested in reading a bit about the show in the press, we've got some previews about the piece here: Calgary Herald, Kamloops This Week, InfoNews Kamloops, The Omega, and CFJC TV. I also spoke on the CFJC Midday show about the production!

Now, why might you be interested in reading about this show if we've already closed? B...

February 8, 2019

Two of my 10-minute plays are competing in the New Vintage Theatre's annual Black Cat Cabaret 10-Minute Playwriting Competition! This is the competition's seventh year running and the first time in their history that two plays from the same playwright has made it into the final four to compete.

Two years ago (2017), my first 10-Minute play The Grind placed first at the competition and took home the Black Cat Trophy! I'm excited to see how these two fantastic little plays do as well. A couple months ago I was interviewed by someone at Thompson Rivers University about these plays, if you're interested in that, you can give it a read here.

" An experienced writer and a well-known name in the local theatre community, Cooper’s advice for someone w...

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