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Shelley Cooper

Shelley Cooper

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Shelley Cooper is a vocal coach, stage director, choreographer and actor specializing in musical theatre. 

Her previous teaching engagements include musical theatre performance at LaGrange College, musical theatre voice professor at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, and musical theatre voice specialist at the University of Central Florida. 

She has given master classes throughout the United States and the world, including Thailand and Austria. This past spring and summer, Cooper gave master classes and a concert with Simbiose Produções in São Paulo, Brazil; taught directing, dance and voice for the International Performing Arts Institute in Thailand and Germany; and sang “The Spirit” in Chicago Summer Opera’s production of “Dido and Aeneas.” 

She has performed, taught and directed for a number of companies such as Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Bangkok Theatre Festival and the Venetian Macao. 

Her one-woman show, “La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Calla,” has been performed on three continents. She has former students working around the world, including the Broadway production of “Holiday Inn,” NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” “The Festival of the Lion King” in Hong Kong, national tours of “Rock of Ages,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Flashdance,” “Beauty and the Beast” and the West End Revival of “Miss Saigon.”  

Education

  • B.A., Theatre, Hanover College
  • M.F.A., Musical Theatre, University of Central Florida