Melody Cooper

Writer          Director

The Cartel - Corey Trent Ackerman - 



Film (Feature length screenplays)

Grand Prize Winner, Best Screenplay, 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival 

Finalist, 2018 Athena List

Winner, 2017 Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship

Winner, 2016 Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition

2017 Stowe Story Labs

2017 NY Stage & Film Filmmaking Workshop

2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab

2016 AMC Networks Shudder Labs Fellow

Third Place, 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Finalist, 2016 Screencraft Horror Competition 

Finalist, 2012 (Sci Fi) and 2010 (Drama) Creative World Awards

Finalist (Top Ten), 2012 British Horror Film Festival

Top 10% Nicholl Screenplay Competition 2011

Finalist (Top Ten), 2011 International Sci Fi and Horror Film Festival

Winner, 2010 Woods Hole Film Festival

Finalist (Top 5), 2010, Shriekfest Film Festival

2nd Round Finalist, 2010 and 2012 Austin Film Festival

TV (One Hour Episodic)

2019 Staff Writer, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Season Two

2019 HBO Access Writing Fellowship

2018 Second Round Sundance Episodic Lab and MACRO Episodic Lab

2018 Semi-Finalist Tony Cox Showtime Episodic Competition



Semifinalist 2014 A Room of Her Own, Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship

Nominee - 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award (“Show Way”)

Winner - 2012 MSU Global Culture Play (“Sweet Mercy”)

Winner - 2010 SheWrites Festival - Synchronicity Theatre ("Sweet Mercy")

Winner - Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (“Day of Reckoning” )    

Winner - MultiStages New Works Competition (“Day of Reckoning” )

Finalist - Jane Chambers Playwriting Award for (“Sweet Mercy”)

Finalist - Magic Theater’s Sloan New Play Initiative (“Absolute Magnitude”)


Film/TV Projects

THE SOUND OF DARKNESS -  Short, Writer/Director/Producer 

THE NEXT ITERATION - Head Writer and co-producer, pilot 

MEMORABLE MINORITIES: A WALK THROUGH THE MUSEUM - Writer/Producer, short, Official Selection, 2015 Boston Sci Fi Film Festival

DETAINED - Director/Producer, Documentary, Jacob Burns Film Center, fiscal sponsor



2016 AMC Networks Shudder Labs grant

2006 Ford Foundation Travel Grant to work as a guest artist in Rwanda

2005 and 2007 New York Foundation of the Arts SOS Grant


2015 "365 Women a Year Theater Project" Two plays: STAGECOACH MARY and ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE (currently listed by Indie Theater Now)

2012 Vital Theatre, NY - To adapt the book "Show Way" into a musical (premiered 2013)



2018 La Napoule Arts Foundation month-long Spring residency in the South of France (to develop SUNDOWN and MONSTROUS)

2008 & 2005 Leighton Studio Writer’s Residency, Banff Centre, Canada

2007 Atelier de la Rose Writer’s Residency, Montcabrier, France


Special Projects

Guest playwright - MSU, playwriting workshop, 2014

Guest playwright - Cal Arts Theater as Reconciliation Workshop, Rwanda, 2006




“Show Way”

            January – March 2013: Vital Theatre, New York, NY

            (Commissioned to write the book of the musical)

            Off Broadway Alliance Award Nomination


“Truth Be Told”

            2009: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going to the River Festival


Off-Off Broadway/Regional

“Sweet Mercy”

            March 2013: MSU/Williamston Theatre

“Day of Reckoning”

            March 2006: New Theatre, Miami

         February 2005: Five Points, NYC production

         April 2004: Kraine Theater, NYC/MultiStages showcase


“Reading Zimbabwe”

          October 2003: Epic Rep/DR2, NYC

         April 2003: The Drilling Co., 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC


Reading Workshop

“Sweet Mercy”

         New York Stage and Film 2005 Summer Reading Series, Powerhouse Theater


Staged Reading

"Sweet Mercy"

         February 2012: LaMama Theater, New York

         August 2006: Antaeus Theatre, Los Angeles

February 2006: Primary Stages/Epic Rep (Equity Staged Reading)

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