Felicia Cooper is a puppeteer and theatre artist based in Pittsburgh. Over the past three years, she has performed storytelling and puppetry throughout the east coast, with Bread & Puppet Theater, Dixon Place's Puppet BloK!, Pittsburgh's Re:NEW Festival, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and in residence at Future Tenant Art Studio and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, where she is a teaching artist. She has also toured the east coast with her work in solo performance and received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to continue her work in puppetry and the storied mythology of the modern world.
PDMR is made possible by the generous support of the Heinz Endowments. Past residents and photos of their work can be viewed at our website.
Wendell Cooper/Mx. Oops is a multimedia performance artist focused on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies; rapping and dancing within video installations. A certified yoga instructor (500hr RYT) and practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage, he is also trained in various forms of energy healing. His work has toured Kenya, China, Russia, the Netherlands, and has been presented in NYC venues such as HERE Arts Center, Santos Party House, The Box, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, and Harlem Stage. His work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, and as a Cultural Enjoy of the U.S. State Department in Kenya. Cooper studied dance and religion at the George Washington University and completed an Integrated Media Arts MFA at Hunter College. He currently teaches in Lehman College's Dance (BA) and Multimedia Performing Arts (BFA) Programs. [www.mxoops.com]
Wendell Cooper and Felicia Cooper will begin their residencies in June 2017. Keep an eye out for news and updates on their projects and upcoming events.