Melody Cooper

Writer    Director    Producer

The Cartel - Corey Trent Ackerman -

CAA - Brandon Lawrence - 


BEASTS OF PREY, in development for Netflix



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

2019 Staff Writer, Stage13's Two Sentence Horror Stories, Season Two ("Ibeji" and "Quota")


2021 Sundance Episodic Lab

2019 HBO Access Writing Fellowship

Grand Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival 

Finalist, 2018 Athena List

2018 Semi-Finalist Tony Cox Showtime Episodic Competition

Winner, 2016 Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition

2017 Stowe Story Labs (Winner, Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship)

2017 NY Stage & Film Filmmaking Workshop

2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab

2016 AMC Networks Shudder Labs Fellow

2016 Screencraft Horror Competition Finalist

Third Place, 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition


Nominee - 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

13 Minuters of Horror Film Festival on SHUDDER (2021) - co-Producer

Nyx Horror Collective - co-Founder

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

THE NEXT ITERATION - Head Writer and co-producer, web series 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, 2021

Writer, "Igbo Landing" in NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK, anthology published by Fairsquare Comics, 2021


Narrative thriller in development at Dear Media



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



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




“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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