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 Derrick C. Cooper Jr!

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 STUDENT MEETS WITH CONGRESSMAN COSTELLO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Washington - Derrick C. Cooper, Jr. met with U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) in his Washington, D.C. office today. Derrick, a graduate of Belleville West High School, was in our nation’s capital to participate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars 2007 National Recognition Week activities. Derrick was selected as a 2007 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who display outstanding artistic talent. “I congratulate Derrick on being selected as a 2007 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts and wish him the best of luck in the future,” said Costello.


This page contains information about Derrick Cooper, Jr., as part of the website of www.playsbyjanetstiger.com       Derrick Cooper, Jr. used a monologue from Janet S. Tiger's play TRANFUSION, which can be found by clicking on the button at the top of the page, or on the Monologues  button.   If you have any trouble accessing  information on this site, please call 858-274-9678.  (or try Internet Explorer if Mozilla is difficult)
This page updated March 20, 2012

    Derrick C. Cooper Jr. (photos above)
    is a 2007 United States Presidential     
in the Arts.
     (coming soon -
             a photo of Derrick at the White House with the other scholars)

    One of only four high school theater   
    students in the nation to receive the honor,  Cooper traveled to Washington D.C. June 23-27, 2007, where he received a gold  medallion from the President and performed several monologues,
click here for Letter from Barack Obama.

    including  the 'Blood' monologue from
    Janet S. Tiger's TRANSFUSION-

 in the John F. Kennedy Center for the
    Performing Arts.

  To my knowledge, this is the first time any of my works has been performed the JFK Center - a true honor. 

 Congratulations Derrick!- we look forward to hearing more good things from you. (And we have - below are updates)

Latest great news!  May 2, 2012

from Derrick Cooper, Sr.- Derrick
Derrick is doing well, but extremely busy during his last few weeks in school;he graduates on June 9.  
While shuffling his classes, Derrick signed with the Innovative Artists acting agency.  They are located in Chicago, NY and LA.  The agency has been sending him on several voice-over, and television auditions recently.  It has been a challenge since he is still in school.  Depaul University has a program called Graduate Showcase.  He, and other theatre school graduates will be performing before producers, directors and agents in Chicago, NY and LA from the end of March through the first week in June. 
Recently, he auditions for the role of a pilot on NBC entitled, Chicago Fire - produced by Dick Wolf - Law and Order. 
He was blessed to have been among over 70 auditioners and was selected for a commercial.  It is for McDonalds and will be broadcast nationally, regionally and on the internet for one year.  He will be heading for the setting and costume fitting on Wednesday, May 2 and the commercial will be shot on Thursday, May 3, in Elburn,IL.  As a result of his participation in the commercial, he will SAG/AFTRA status within a month.  He is working on his 5 year plan with staff at Depaul. 

from  2010
Derrick Cooper, Jr. is currently attending Depaul University,
has been cast as one of the lead roles in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where he will play 

Lysander.  He was selected from amongst the Depaul Theatre School's actor’s pool which consists of: undergraduate students, students pursuing a Masters in Theatre as well as professional actor alumni from the

Depaul Theatre School.


The play will be open to the public and runs from Jan 2 through

March 12, 2010.  It will be a grueling journey with 23 performances,

but it will exciting, to say the least.


The play will be performed on the main stage at the majestic 1,300

plus seat Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago (see link below)

  The Merle Reskin Theatre, formerly the Goodman

Theatre, has hosted theatrical performances by such notable actors

as:  Ethel Barrymore, Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer

Tracy, Helen Hayes, Eva Marie Saint, Geraldine Page and Rip 

Torn*, to name a few.

(*Special note - My first Off-off-Broadway show,

THE WAITING ROOM, starred Rip Torn's daughter,

Danae Torn.)

There will be an autograph and photo opportunities with the director,

dramaturgy and cast after the 1/16 performance.   There will also be

another program that will be held in the special events room at

the Hilton Chicago and Towers on Saturday, 2/13, where there will be

a special discussion, exhibit and autograph session with the director

and cast.



Photo and info on Merle Reskin Theatre



B.  Info on "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


More info soon -

The following is from the webpage-


Derrick Cooper, Jr.
2007 NFAA ARTS Finalist in Theater
Level I Award


Derrick is a senior at Belleville West Township
High School, in Illinois where he enjoys acting, singing, public speaking and participating in a host of community and high school organizations. Some of his favorite performances include the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, King Midas and Apollo in Metamorphoses, Joe in The Shadow Box, David in The Yellow Boat, and General Miles Gloriosis in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Outside of theater, Derrick is the winner of several awards for his participation on the Speech and Acting team at his high school. Some of his awards include: Two-time Illinois High School Association (IHSA) All-Sectional Cast member for outstanding individual performance (2005, 2006), Two-time IHSA All-State Cast member for outstanding individual performance (2005, 2006), IHSA Regional Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Two-time IHSA Sectional Champion in Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Duet Acting (2006). He was also recognized as the 2006 Illinois State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation.
He has won several public speaking contests including the 2006 Rotary International District Speech Contest in southern Illinois. He also won 1st Place in the IHSA Musical Quartet competition (2006).

In 2006, Derrick was a finalist in the National Forensic League (NFL)
National Tournament in Dramatic Interpretation. He would like to thank
Mrs. Janet Kuehn for giving him his start as the Tin Man in the Wizard
of OZ and his Speech and Acting coach, Adam Jenkins, for his support and

Derrick comes from a deeply-rooted Christian family and would like to thank his father, mother, grandmother and Kenneth Holman for their support. Most importantly he would like to recognize God for his many blessings and continual presence in his life.

Update on Derrick -
He is scheduled to graduate with a BFA from the Depaul Theatre School in 2012.
He has been cast to perform at the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. It was co-founded by Gary Sinese and included John Malkovich amongst the ensemble members.
Below is the bio Derrick submitted to be included in the program booklet.
"Derrick C. Cooper is thrilled to be working at Steppenwolf. Some of his theatre Credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Merle Reskin), Zooman and the Sign, The Bacchae, Inky, and Transfusion (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). Derrick is a United States Presidential Scholar (Theatre) and had the honor of performing Transfusion (Blood) written by the international playwright Janet Tiger."
Steppenwolf Presents THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER 10/11-11/4
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by BWW News Desk
Steppenwolf for Young Adults launches its 2011/12 season with The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter adapted by Rebecca Gilman
, based on the novel by Carson McCullers
and directed by Hallie Gordon, playing October 11 - November 4, 2011 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The production features ensemble member Alan Wilder
with Jessica Honor Carleton, Derrick C. Cooper, Walter Coppage, Ann Joseph, Loren Lazerine, Colm O'Reilly
, Jay Reed, Robert Schleifer and Nick Vidal
. Weekday matinees (Tuesdays through Fridays) are reserved for school groups only, with weekend (Saturday and Sunday) performances available to the public. Single tickets and tickets for school groups are currently on sale.

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter follows John Singer, a deaf man who resides in a local boarding house, and four other vivid but desperately lonesome residents in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Mick Kelly, a 14-year-old tomboy who dreams of becoming a concert pianist; Benedict Copeland, the town's only black doctor; Jake Blount, a drunken political activist; and Biff Brannon, a recent widower and owner of the town's diner and bar. As each finds solace in Singer's ability to listen, they all unintentionally overlook their confidant's profound isolation in this timeless tale woven from the lives of ordinary people.

Rebecca Gilman
's plays include A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Boy Gets Girl, Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge, Dollhouse, The Glory of Living, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Crowd You're in With. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre
, The
Royal Court Theatre
, Lincoln Center Theatre, The
Public Theater
, Manhattan Theatre Club
, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company
. Carson McCullers
wrote The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter at the age of 23. Perhaps best known for her unflinching exploration of human isolation, she is the author of four novels, two plays, a host of essays and short fiction as well as an unfinished autobiography, published more than 30 years after her death.

The The Heart is Lonely Hunter production team includes: Collette Pollard
(sets), Myron Elliott
(costumes), J.R. Lederle (lights) and Christopher Kriz (sound) and Mike Tutaj (projections). Additional credits include Erica Daniels
(casting) and Rose Marie
Packer (stage manager).

Title: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Adapted by: Rebecca Gilman

Based on the novel by: Carson McCullers

Directed by: Hallie Gordon

Featuring: Ensemble member Alan Wilder
(Charles Park
er, MR. Kelly
, Millworker 2, Deputy 1, Asylum Patient 1) with Jessica Honor Carleton (Mick Kelly), Derrick C. Cooper (Willie, Hospital Attendant), Walter Coppage (Dr. Copeland), Ann Joseph (Portia), Loren Lazerine (Jake Blount), Colm O'Reilly
(Biff Brannon), Jay Reed (Antanapoulos, Preacher, Millworker 1, Deputy 2) Robert Schleifer (John Singer) and Nick Vidal
(Harry, Asylum Patient 2).

Location: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.

Dates: October 11 - November 4, 2011
Public Performances: Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm
Weekday matinee performances (Tuesdays - Fridays at 10 am) are available for school groups only
Public Ticket Price: $20 on Saturdays, 2-for-1 on Sundays ($15 student tickets available via phone/box office only)

Audience Services: 1650 N. Halsted, (312) 335-1650
Online ticketing available at www.steppenwolf.org

For information on Steppenwolf for Young Adult weekday school performances, contact the SYA Education Assistant Lauren Sivak at (312) 654-5643.

Accessible Performances:
Open captioned performance: Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm
Sign language-interpreted performance: Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 pm

Steppenwolf for Young Adults' unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. SYA creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, SYA annually ensures access to the theater for more than 15,000 participants from Chicago's diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in more than 30 classrooms in 14 public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater's operations.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults.
Target is the Sponsor of the Target 2-for-1 Sundays.
Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund

Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Assistive listening devices are available for every performance in the Upstairs or Downstairs Theatres.

Steppenwolf Theatre
Company, Chicago, IL (Martha Lavey
, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson
, Executive Director) is one of the nation's leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces - including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults. Steppenwolf's productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org
, www.facebook.com/SteppenwolfTheatre
and www.twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr

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