Granada Artist-in-Residence Spring 2016
A Broadway veteran for over 25 years, Mindy Cooper began her career as a performer dancing in the companies of Twyla Tharp Dance, The Feld Ballet, The Kansas City Ballet, and Thingseziseem Dance Theatre. She then went on to perform on Broadway in the original cast revival of Chicago, the original cast of Titanic, and Beauty and the Beast, Song & Dance, and Tenderloin.
Her extensive Director/Choreographer credits include: Broadway- Dracula, the Musical, and Wrong Mountain. Off-Broadway- Five Course Love. National Tour-Titanic. New York Credits- The Gospel According to Tammy Faye (Manhattan Theater Club, Staged Reading), Music in the Night, A Tribtue to Jerome Kern(Town Hall). Regional Theater- On the Town (Lesher Center), Cabaret (Center Rep), Oklahoma! (Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts), Musical of Musicals, the Musical (Center Rep), Fiddler on the Roof (Nevada Conservatory Theater),Urinetown: The Musical (UC Davis Artist-in-Residence), The New Bozena (Hudson Theater LA), Heart and Soul (St. Petersburg, Russia), Fair Liberty’s Call (World Premiere), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Pittsburg CLO). She has choreographed numerous benefits, industrials, and commercials, as well as for Law & Order Criminal Intent.
Her local theatrical work has won a total of ten Bay Area Theater Critics Awards including 2009 Best Director of a Musical and 2009 Best Musical. She has been honored as UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence three times: spring 2007, spring 2009, and this spring 2011 when she will be directing The Who’s Tommy.