Director – Choreographer
UC Davis: Granada Artist-in-Residence
The UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence program is unique in American university theater, bringing prominent theater artists—directors, playwrights, choreographers, or filmmakers—to Davis each academic quarter to teach and create a work for public performance. A special opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to work closely with major theater and dance practitioners, it is a unique cross-cultural experience.
In her capacity as Artist-in-Residence Mindy has directed The Who’s Tommy, Urinetown: The Musical, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and in the Spring of 2016 she will be directing the world premiere of Social Life, the Musical.
Reviews and Articles
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"[Mindy Cooper's] Urinetown is smart, but more about fun and frolic. Cooper takes particular joy in lampooning the lamer plot conventions of the American musical (especially the requisite love story). And her show’s decked out with eye-catching, effervescent choreography."
"“Mindy has a very sharp eye for the images she creates on stage and is able to use her resources (the performers) to their best advantage to create what she is looking for — meaning she is able to choreograph and stage a show that would appear to be at the Broadway level that she is accustomed to working, but with enough modification so that the university cast can actually produce the results.”
— Interview, The Davis Enterprise
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