Soprano - Actor
Currently the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, SHELLEY COOPER has performed all over the world for a number of companies such as Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Monroe Symphony, Chicago Summer Opera, Opera Quad Cities, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Redhouse Arts Center, Varna Opera Theatre, Bangkok Theatre Festival, and the Simbiose Produções (MOVE Studio) in São Paulo, Brazil and the Venetian Macao in Macau, China. Most noted performances are Johanna in Sweeney Todd (starring Tony Award Winning Actress Faith Prince), Nellie in South Pacific, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Armida in Rinaldo, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Varna Opera Theatre in Bulgaria, and soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with Bangkok International Orchestra. Her original one-woman show, La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas has been performed on three continents.
This versatile artist is also an accomplished director/choreographer specializing in musical theatre. Some of her favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Big River, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Light in the Piazza, Company, Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens, and Dames at Sea.
Ms. Cooper has former students working around the world, including the Broadway production of Holiday Inn, NBC’s Hairspray Live, The Festival of the Lion King in Hong Kong, national tours of Rock of Ages, The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, Beauty and the Beast, and the West End Revival of Miss Saigon.
“For a riveting 75 minutes the audience ‘eavesdropped’ as it were, on La Divina’s interview with a non-existant Mr. Wallace. We were dragged through trauma, allowed glimpses of an extremely complex and tormented woman, and treated to some operatic gems... Cooper WAS Callas!”
- Bangkok Theatre Festival
“In the title role, Shelley Cooper’s voice rivals the Ariel familiar to us from the Disney movie. Her vocals jump from tender to powerful, wistful to funny with equal assurance."
“As Curley’s wife, Shelley Cooper exudes a heady cocktail of snobby, sexy disdain that can’t help but ensnare both George and her audience.”
- Herald Times
“Cooper brings levity to Hank Williams play…. Cooper has the voice of an angel….Cooper’s performance alone is worth the price of admission!”
- Bloomfield Free Press
"I was stunned by the high-level of talent [Cooper] has and her ability to captivate my attention from the moment she walked on the stage... when she belts out the big notes, it was like my soul was being pierced with a million good-vibration arrows that resonated throughout my body."
- River Cities' Reader