Leah Cooper

Leah Cooper has been passionately devoted to making theater for over 25 years. She is currently a freelance stage director, Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, an arts administration consultant, and a co-founder and partner at MinnesotaPlaylist.com. Leah is also Artistic Director of Footprints Collective, and is board chair for Live Action Set theater company. From 2001-2006, she was the Executive Director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Prior to that, Leah worked by day in the corporate sector as a software engineer and business consultant.

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The Things They Carried, adapted by Jim Stowell from the book by Tim O'Brien, History Theatre (March 2014)
Behind the Eye, by Carson Kreitzer, Park Square Theatre (May, 2014)
Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, Commonweal Theatre (September 2014)
Veterans Play Project, by Footprints Collective and Minnesota military veterans, produced by Mixed Blood Theatre
Or by Liz Duffy Adams, Park Square Theatre
Kill Me, Don't Go by Trista Baldwin, Workhaus Collective The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Commonweal Theatre
Where We're Born by Lucy Thurber, 20% Theatre Company
Independence by Lee Blessing, Theatre in the Round Players
After Miss Julie adapted by Patrick Marber from Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Gremlin Theatre
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Park Square Theatre
Ring Round the Moon by Jean Anouilh, Theatre in the Round Players
As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Shakespearean Youth Theatre
Panache by Don Gordon, Theatre in the Round Players
Landscape of the Body by John Guare, Prufrock Theatre
Teach Me Tonight by Ariel Pinkertonm, 20% Percent Theatre
The Hunchback of Notre Dame adapted from Victor Hugo novel by Mitchell Fay, The Cromulent Shakespeare Company
A Rain of Seagulls by Meron Langsner, Chekhov Festival
Everywhere Signs Fall by Alan Berks, Gremlin Theater
Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin, Starting Gate Productions
I've Got a Secret by Daniel Pinkeron, Fortune’s Fool Players
Glorious Noise by Rik Reppe, Fringe Festival
Vanek Trilogy by Vaclav Havel, Ministry of Cultural Warfare
9/11 Plays (short play by Rhiana Yazzie), Emigrant Theater
Unveiling by Vaclav Havel, Ministry of Cultural Warfare
WASP by Steve Martin, Ministry of Cultural Warfare
It’s Just a Job by Chris Gennaula, Fringe Festival
Listen by Leah Cooper, Fringe Festival
Chicago Avenue Project (four times), Pillsbury House Theatre
24-Hour Play Project (two times), Theatre Unbound

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, dir. Ethan McSweeny, Guthrie Theater
Desiderare by company, dir. Robert Rosen, Live Action Set

Object Permanence by Paula Anderson
The Sequence by Vince Delaney
Wade the Bird by Trista Baldwin
DOE by Trista Baldwin


Minnesota Theater Alliance
Executive Director, Mar. 2010-present

Founding Partner, Jul. 2008-present

Toolbox Consultants
Partner, Consultant, Sep. 2006-present
• Arts administration consulting, including: strategic planning, marketing and PR, systems design, hiring, organizational development.
• Clients include: Minnesota State Arts Board, Springboard for the Arts, Mixed Blood Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Southern Theater, Open Eye Figure Theater, Patrick’s Cabaret, History Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Burning House Group, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Theatre Unbound, Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, Upstream Arts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Minnesota Fringe Festival
Executive Director, Sep. 2001 – Sep. 2006

• Board president, Live Action Set
• Board member, California Institute of Contemporary Arts
• Commissioner, Minneapolis Arts Commission, 2007-2011



University of Redlands, Irvine, CA 1996
B.S., Information Systems


Viewpoints and Suzuki, SITI Company and Sandbox Theatre, 2011

Cornerstone Institue, Cornerstone Theatre, 2009

Wesley Balk Institute, Nautilus Music-Theater, 2008

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