"They were going to look at war, the red animal – war, the blood-swollen god."

About the Writer

My plays have been produced regionally at Dallas Theater Center, San Diego Repertory, East Los Angeles Classic Theater, Portland Stage Company, Echo Theatre in Dallas, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, and Asolo Repertory Theater, among others.  Plays and adaptations include The Red Animal, NYC Coyote Existential, My Hideous Progeny, Little Medea, Antigone Now, Mirandolina, Tales from the Jack Wood, A (ventriloquial) Christmas Carol, and The Sternheim Project.  I’ve received commissions for new plays and adapations from Coterie Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

I’ve also worked extensively as a dramaturg. I served as Resident Dramaturg or Artistic Associate at Dallas Theater Center  and, before that, at Portland Stage Company in Maine.  At each theater, I co-founded and produced long-running annual festivals of  new and experimental theater.

When I returned to New York City after many years away, I became fascinated with nature in the city, particularly urban wildlife.  I launched a blog called Out Walking the Dog, which the New York Times called “poetic … part ecological journal, part personal meditation.” You can read the NY Times profile here: A Dog Walked Into a Blog.

(Take me back to The Red Animal blog.)

If you are interested in working with me as a writer, consultant or dramaturg, please contact: melissacoopernyc@gmail.com
  1. The Red Animal project is startling, true and beautifully crafted about one of the true horrors that humankind perpetuates.

    Thank you Melissa for creating it. I’ll follow with great interest.

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