Celeste M. Cooper is so excited to join The New Colony’s Writers Room! She received her B.A. in Speech Communications & Theatre from Tennessee State University in 2009 and an M.F.A. in Acting from DePaul University The Theatre School in 2012. Celeste is predominately known as a diligent actor that frequently develops and explores other skills and interests in the creative realm. Ms. Cooper is a Casting Associate and Ensemble Member of Eclipse Theatre Company as well as an Artistic Associate at Stage Left Theatre.
As a playwright, Celeste finished writing her first play renamed Fight 4 Your Life in the fall of 2012. Fight 4 Your Life (performed at MPAACT & Phoenix Military Academy), led to her writing The Incredible Cece (performed at MPAACT & Stage 773) , which led to her writing a 10 minute play called 2 Worlds (performed at the Greenhouse Theater) for the Black Lives, Black Words event in 2015. Celeste thanks mentor Sharon Bridgforth and former solo performance teacher Carlos Murillo for her emerging success as a playwright.
As an actor, Celeste received The Most Promising Actress Award from The Black Theater Alliance in 2014. Some credits include Ruined (Eclipse Theatre Company), Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre); Stick Fly (Windy City Playhouse) later nominated for Best Featured Actress from BTAA in 2015, Never the Sinner (Victory Gardens Theater), The Hammer Trinity (The House Theatre/Adrienne Arsht Miami), understudying Animal Farm (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Mecca Tales (Chicago Dramatists); Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre Company), How We Got On (Citadel Theatre), Principle Principle remount (Theatre Seven and Stage Left), The Whole World is Watching (Dog & Pony), and Seascape (Remy Bumppo Theatre/ u/s performed). TV/ Film credits include Spike Lee’s Chiraq, Sense8 (NETFLIX), and Chicago PD (NBC) as a recurring character. Up next: Court Theatre’s production of Blues for an Alabama Sky. Celeste is incredibly thankful to Papa God, family, and the ladies at Paonessa Talent Agency.