December 28, 2019

We made it! Not only is it the end of another year but it's the end of another decade! For the last three years I've been aiming to see over 52 plays per year and this year I really outdid myself. In 2019 I saw a whopping one hundred fifty-six plays over fifty two weeks! Most of these plays came from my time in the spring and summer spent at theatre festivals across Western Canada. This included six shows at the Festival of Animated Objects, nine at the 2019 Hydra Performing Arts Festival, eleven plays at Sage Theatre's annual IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists, and a whopping one hundred between the five fringes I attended in Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver during my summer tour with Chimera Theatre. You can read more...

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...

October 3, 2019

Auditions can be a dreadful thing as a performer. It seems like nobody really likes them. Most people I talk to, whether they be actors, dancers, stage managers, or casting directors, don't like the audition process. But it doesn't seem like anyone has a better way of hiring artists for contracted theatre work (I certainly haven't thought of a better way) so here we are, season after season doing auditions the same old way. 

As a director, I actually really enjoy hosting auditions. So little of my job as an Artistic Producer is actually directing, so whenever I can flex my skills and practice my craft, even for 15 minutes at a time in an audition or callback, I'm happy.

Over the last two weeks, I held auditions for three productions I'm...

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...

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...

April 28, 2019

Spring is a busy time of year. It's summed up by three words that most Arts Administrators I know dread: grant writing season. I've finished five grants already in the last month and I'm working on finishing two more before the week is done. Most years, I'm scrambling just to get enough words, budgets, support materials, and reference letters just to get submissions in on time, but this year I've been taking a little more time to think about whyI'm doing theatre in Canada and why it's important to me and my community.  Somewhere between being in the middle of tech week, writing all these grants, and still trying to find time to sleep, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my thoughts. It is, of course, also great way to procr...

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...

January 21, 2019

 The Robber Bridegroom opens at Chimera Theatre in Kamloops this week! We're so excited to load this amazing puppet show into the Pavilion Theatre next week and then travel to Calgary the following week.

Having the opportunity to devise and create a new show is such a blessing and I've thoroughly enjoyed the process. It's been a lot of hard work, but the show has really come together and I'm excited to see how audiences react to it over the coarse of our run. We've combined rod puppetry, shadow puppetry, and physical theatre to make a play that's part puppet show, part immersive theatre, and even part improvised. I truly think it's going to be a play/experience that audiences in Kamloops haven't seen before and I'm excited to bring a product...

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