Department of Theatre

Full-Time Faculty

Ann CooleycrAnn Cooley

Guest Artist

Ann is elated to collaborate with the faculty and students of Oklahoma State University’s theatre department on the upcoming production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Helming this tremendously important work of the American musical theatre cannon, is the stuff of dreams!  Ms. Cooley is a New York City based director, choreographer and educator engaging in multiple theatrical disciplines.  Ann’s diverse career performing professionally in the theatre and dance arts has evolved into directing and choreographing her own body of work. Interested in examining and realizing new stage worthy material with playwrights, composers, arrangers and actors, she likewise thrives collaborating with artists in presenting engaging and fresh offerings of existing texts. With a life long background rooted in technical dance and choreography, story telling has taken Ann to many parts of the world as guest artist, director-choreographer, teacher and student. Some highlights: Direction/Choreography: Victor/Victoria (National Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, (National Tour, Pioneer, Music Circus, Arrow Rock, Merry Go Round), The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and events nationwide, The Producers (Costal Carolina Arts), Peter Pan & Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre By The Sea), Bee Hive (Arrow Rock), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Off-Broadway), Singin’ In the Rain and 42nd Street (Seoul Opera, Korean translation), The Today Show, USO, Leading Ladies, White Christmas, Damn Yankees, The Menhattans (Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center). Plays: Gordon Penn's Into the Zone (Signature Theatre, Mandarin translation New Space, Shanghai China), The Meth in Method, I Don't Know, John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk (Nylon Fusion, NYC), Cowboy Cut (T. Schreiber Studio, NYC), Disarm (Columbia University), Kill Hamlet (Signature Theatre, NYC), The Arsonists, Fairy Tale Project, Lysistrata (City University of New York). Original devised work:  Baby Steps, My Man (Nuyorican Poets, NYC), The Future Freaks Me Out (CUNY), Protest (Cherry Lane, NYC award winner), The Masque of the Red Death (Players, NYC award winner). Creative Associate/Supervising Pre-production: The Producers (National Tour), Ragtime (Kennedy Center - Broadway), Gypsy & Forum (Sacramento Music Circus), How To Succeed and Cabaret (Encores, LA), Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed Opera), Singin’ in the Rain & 42nd St. (Korea), Chicago, Shine On at Radio City (Good Housekeeping ), Chix 6! (Broadway Workshop) Masterclasses/Academic work: Guest Lecturer NYU, The City College of New York, Shanghai Theatre Academy, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Seoul Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Radio City Rockette Intensive, Broadway in the Mountians, This Way to Broadway, Dance North Summer Intensive and Performance. Guest Artist while in residence for numerous theatre companies nationally. BA Theatre Directing - summa cum laude, The City College of New York SDC Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Associate Member, SAG/AFTRA, AEA, AGVA.