Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Melody Cooper


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Guest Playwright for Sweet Mercy (NEW Global Culture Play - 2013)

Melody Cooper’s screenplay, Northern Cross, an action thriller that deals with illegal immigration, was a 2nd Round Finalist in the Austin Film Festival, an Official Selection of both the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival and the 2009 Action On Film Festival. Her most recent play, Sweet Mercy, which deals with the genocide in Rwanda, was developed by New York Stage and Film in their summer Powerhouse series, and was presented as staged readings at Primary Stages in NY and Antaeus Theater in Los Angeles. Her one-act, Truth Be Told, was produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Going to the River Festival for 2009. Melody is the recipient of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting for Day of Reckoning, a play about the forgotten 19th century black activist Lucy Parsons. Day of Reckoning also won the MultiStages New Works Competition in NY and was produced at New Theatre in Miami. Her one-act, Reading Zimbabwe, was produced in NYC three times in 2003 (including by Epic Rep at DR2 with premieres by Lee Blessing and Romulus Linney). She has received two commissions: from Epic Rep to write a new play, and from Labor Voices to develop Truth Be Told, a piece focusing on the tragic events surrounding an Iraqi reporter. Her play proposal Absolute Magnitude, about five time-scrambled female astronomers, was a Sloan New Play Initiative finalist.

Supported in part by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.