Samantha Cooper is a playwright, theatre-artist, and editor currently based in Astoria, New York.
Born in Great Falls, Montana and raised in Cheney, Washington, Samantha grew up a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll (classic rock and 80’s hair band rock, that is [Thanks Dad.]). She received her B.A. from Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, Washington in 2010 with a double major in English Literature and Theatre (concentrations in acting and playwriting). Upon graduation she moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked with theatres and organizations across the Puget Sound.
As a theatre artist and administrator, Samantha has worked with such organizations such as Annex Theatre, Antioch University, ArtsCrush, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Blood Ensemble, Columbia University, Intiman, Lungfish Productions, Macha Monkey Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and University of Washington, and WWU. She was on the short list for the 2015 Disquiet International Literary Program Short Play Contest, was a participant in the 2015 Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab, and was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award.
Throughout her employment history, Samantha has worked largely in the non-profit and higher education sectors in administration, development, and event management. She has worked in positions that often encompass as aspects of an organization from writing and editing to fundraising campaigns to stewardship. Currently, she is focused on finding employment that utilizes her editing and writing skills.
Samantha received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University in the City of New York in May 2016. She had the great pleasure of studying under Anne Bogart, Melissa James Gibson, Arlene Hutton, David Henry Hwang, Charles Mee, and Lynn Nottage.
In her spare time, Samantha enjoys searching for the best happy hours & food-truck food, meandering through bookstores & museums, cooking & entertaining, karaoke, laughing, telling jokes, being snarky, park hopping, and occasionally, when she’s not injured, running.