Cooper Sivara

I strive to take risks in every project I direct.  I aim for clarity, articulation, simplicity, and truth in my work. I seek to create a working environment where every artist’s voice is heard and valued. I endeavor to encourage, inspire, and empower those voices through collaboration, active listening, and communication. I believe my role as a director is to guide all of those voices towards a collective, unified work of art.

I was born in Los Angeles, California, and I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, & Television.  After UCLA, I became the Associate Artistic Director of Ark Theatre Company in Los Angeles while also teaching acting classes at Theatre of Arts in Hollywood.  I am currently in my third year of Baylor University's MFA Directing program in Waco, Texas and I recently directed my thesis production: Joan Ackermann’s Ice Glen.  I have trained in Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method with Anne Bogart and SITI Company at their Summer Theater Workshop, and I have trained in Japanese Noh performance at Kyoto Art Center’s Traditional Theater Training. Favorite directing credits include The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, The First Celestial Adventure of Mr Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher by Tristan Tzara, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck, and Honeymoon in Vegas by Jason Robert Brown.