Andrew (They/He+) is an artist who wears many hats.
As an Artist, their work is described as "Scrappy, Mystical, & Deep."
A Director who "collaborates dynamically, creates fiercely, & leads from the heart."
A Storyteller with "a unique perspective, unafraid of hard questions, welcoming."
Andrew Coopman (they/he+) is a queer director, choreographer, playwright, devisor, performer, and teaching artist of Middle Eastern/European descent. Their work has been on stages around the country in cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, and all over the Puget Sound area.
Andrew was also one of the 2022-23 Drama League FutureNow Directing Fellowship recipients and, now, works as the Artistic Coordinator at the Drama League.
A recent graduate of the Masters of Fine Arts in Directing program at the University of Washington School of Drama, Andrew directed everything from Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL to LeAnne Howe's SAVAGE CONVERSATIONS to Annie Baker's BODY AWARENESS. For their thesis production, Andrew adapted, designed, and directed an online performance of Henrik Ibsen's ROSMERSHOLM.
A proud member of professional theatre unions, SDC and AGMA, Andrew continues to build numerous regional and national credits including: HEAD OVER HEELS (Lakewood Playhouse), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Tacoma Little Theater), LITTLE WOMEN (Seattle Musical Theater), INTO THE WOODS (Studio East), Bryony Lavery’s FROZEN: A Play (UW Cabaret Theater, Seattle), THE CONVENT OF PLEASURE (Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, Chicago), I & YOU (Burien Actor’s Theater), LOVE & INFORMATION (Online, Self-Produced), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre), Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Edmonds Driftwood Players), JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH (Village Theatre), WILDE TALES (Seattle Opera), Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Kitsap Forest Theatre) and SUNFLOWER SISTERS (premiere, Eclectic Theater).
As a playwright, Andrew has 3 plays currently in their premier production stages. TAROT is an experimental piece currently in development embracing the unpredictability of tarot readings by letting the cards determine the performance every night. ...AND THEN LIGHTNING STRUCK is a play about Bayard Rustin and the moment that changed his life... meeting his husband Walter Naegel. And, finally, TREESON: A NEW ECO-MUSICAL tells the story of Ash and their fight to answer the question, "What can I do to save the world today?"
With a fierce commitment to new work, Andrew participated as a leading producer with The Scratch - Seattle Workshop Series where he co-facilitated and co-created the Playwriting from Scratch Program, and directed two original play readings by the early career playwrights. Additionally, Andrew’s devised work RE:SOCIAL/DIVIDE, written collaboratively online with international performers, was presented by Cooperative Performance in Milwaukee, WI.
To learn about what's next for Andrew, check out Current Projects page.
B.A., Theater - Performance, Whitworth University, 2012
B.A., Theater - Community Based Theater, Whitworth University, 2012
B.A., English - Literature, Whitworth University, 2012
M.A., Educational Theater - Applied Theater & Youth Production,
New York University- Steinhardt, 2015
M.F.A., Theater - Directing, University of Washington, 2021
Photo credit Sayed Alamy
Photo credit Sayed Alamy