2018 Distinguished Alumni
B.S. Speech/Theater '66
Jeanie Cooper is a theatre alumnus who also earned an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been teaching Acting, Improvisation and Makeup at Oklahoma City University since 2007. She previously taught at Oklahoma State University, Webster University and UCLA. She has been a proud member of Actor's Equity Association for 34 years and is also a member of SAG and AFTRA. She has performed title roles at Lyric Theatre which include “Sweet Charity,” “Mame,” “Irene,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Other roles include Daisy in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Boo in “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” and Grandma in “The Grapes of Wrath” at Oklahoma City’s CityRep. Last spring, she played E.M. Ashford in OCTC's production of “Wit.” She was also a solo performer with Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” She has performed at South Coast Repertory, Theater Direct, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Nomad Playhouse. She studied with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York. Her improvisation training is from The Second City in Chicago.
Cooper directed “The Farnsworth Invention” and “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at OCU. She is a Certified Acting Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association and has taught two Acting Intensive Workshops. She has done numerous voice-overs for national and regional TV series and commercials. She lives in Oklahoma City and has a daughter, Jane.