Drama: Assistant Department Chair Theatre Arts, Acting, Intro to Theatre, Drama Lit, Theatre HistoryDrama
Mr. Cooper received his MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program, University of Washington and his BFA in Theatre from Tulane University. Raised in Abbeville, Louisiana, Mr. Cooper moved on to tour nationally in NOISES OFF, was featured in 80 network commercials, and has several film and television credits including a starring role in the film “Snakeskin Jacket.” He has also performed in London, Moscow and Los Angeles.
Holtcamp is a writer and director. Her directing credits include Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane), Arabian Nights (NOCCA), Shakespeare’s R&J (Serenbe Playhouse), Waxie Moon: Extreme Boylesque (Northwest New Works at On the Boards), Waxie Moon: Boylesque Cinematheque (Next Stage), Heavens to Betsy by Stephanie Timm (Next Stage), Wonderful Life (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (EVE Productions), A Christmas Story (Everett Historic Theatre), Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters First 100 Years (Public Theatre of Kentucky), Sorry, Wrong Number (The Culture Project, NY), Christina and Apartment Building of the Blind (Soho Rep, NY), and Machinal and Stage Blood at the University of Washington. Her play, Dead Reckoning, was produced as part of the Soho Rep Summer Camp Festival of New Plays and The Mystery of Chung Ling Soo (created with The Flying Carpet Theatre Company) ran in Atlanta’s Seven Stages Studio Space (Creative Loafing Award for Best Touring Show of 2005) and at festivals throughout Europe. Her plays, Relevant, Adult, Uncensored, and Island of Misfits were produced in Seattle, WA and her latest work, String Theory, was performed at The Studio in New York City and Vassar College. Holtcamp is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Washington.
Kesha McKey is a choreographer, educator and professional performing artist in New Orleans. Kesha is a graduate of NOCCA, has received her Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of KM Dance Project and has directed and produced concerts such as Taken, Distorted Images, Lasting Images and Footprints; traces of expressions. She is on the faculty of the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute and has directed multi-disciplinary productions such as the Vagina Monologues and The Origins of Life on Earth. Kesha has worked as an arts educator in New Orleans for the past 15 years and is currently the Program Coordinator of the Kuumba Institute Youth Arts Program at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Kesha is a featured performing artist and rehearsal director for local dance companies such as Lula Elzy Dance Theatre, Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective, Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre, Prophecy Dance Company, Exhibit Dance Collective, and with Ashé Cultural Arts Center. She has studied dance at various institutions in New Orleans as well as received scholarships to study at The Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Broadway Dance Center, and Celebration Barn Theater. She has had the wonderful honor and opportunity to work closely and study with well renown artists such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Chuck Davis, Robert Battle, Richard Gonzales, Michael Foley, Tania Issac, Lynn Simonson, Anne Reinking, Chet Walker, Nat Horne, and Luigi. Kesha continues to nourish her artistic talents and grow as an accomplished performer and educator as she teaches, choreographs and performs throughout the country.