Melody Cooper

Writer          Director

The Cartel - Corey Trent Ackerman - corey@cartelent.com

CAA - Brandon Lawrence - brandon.lawrence@caa.com

MMCooper123@gmail.com

www.melodyMcooper.com 

TV 

2020 Story Editor, NBCUniveral's Law & Order: SVU

2019 Staff Writer, CW's Two Sentence Horror Stories, Season Two

Honors

2019 HBO Access Writing Fellowship

Grand Prize Winner, Best Screenplay, 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival 

Finalist, 2018 Athena List

2018 Second Round Sundance Episodic Lab and MACRO Episodic Lab

2018 Semi-Finalist Tony Cox Showtime Episodic Competition

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

Theater

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

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

Winner - 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”)

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

 

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

Comic Book

Writer, OMNI comic book, Issues #5 - #10, published by Mark Waid at Humanoids

Writer, NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK, anthology published by Fairsquare Comics

 

Grants

AMC Networks Shudder Labs grant

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

New York Foundation of the Arts SOS Grant

 

Residencies

2019 YADDO

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

Leighton Studio Writer’s Residency, Banff Centre, Canada

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

 

Special Projects

Guest playwright - MSU, playwriting workshop

Guest playwright - Cal Arts Theater as Reconciliation Workshop, Rwanda

 

Theater

Off-Broadway

“Show Way”

            Vital Theatre, New York, NY

            (Commissioned to write the book of the musical)

            Off Broadway Alliance Award Nomination

 

“Truth Be Told”

            Ensemble Studio Theatre, Going to the River Festival

 

Off-Off Broadway/Regional

“Sweet Mercy”

            MSU/Williamston Theatre

“Day of Reckoning”

            New Theatre, Miami

            Five Points, NYC production

            Kraine Theater, NYC/MultiStages showcase

 

“Reading Zimbabwe”

            Epic Rep/DR2, NYC

            The Drilling Co., 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC

 

Reading Workshop

“Sweet Mercy”

            New York Stage and Film Summer Series, Powerhouse Theater

 

Staged Reading

"Sweet Mercy"

            LaMama Theater, New York

            Antaeus Theatre, Los Angeles

            Primary Stages/Epic Rep (Equity Staged Reading)

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