J Travis Cooper (They/Them) is a queer black theatre artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They are a multifaceted artist focusing on storytelling through movement and emotional connection. They have previously worked as the Fight Choreographer, Intimacy Director, and Movement Director for various plays and musicals at James Madison University, and has staged works in the round, outdoors, and for site specific spaces. Coming from a family of performing artists and teachers, J Travis has a lifelong love for the arts and completed the B.A. Musical Theatre Program at James Madison University as an Honors Scholar. As they continue to collaborate with other artists, they put their best foot forward and use their keen eye and refined aesthetic to impact audiences.
In October, J Travis directed The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other at James Madison University as a part of their Senior Honors Capstone Project "Touch As Bond." This movement based production gave J Travis the chance to connect with the cast in a way that helped them showcase their talents without the use of spoken text.
J Travis Cooper recently staged two readings of original plays at the Little Theatre of Norfolk in Norfolk, VA. They directed local talent in two 15 minute plays BOY by Cris Eli Blak and What Happens When the Healing Never Comes BY Myles Wright.
"They bring a calming but commanding and collaborative presence into the rehearsal room. They are an absolute delight..."
In the summer of 2019, J Travis travelled to Lasqueti Island, BC, CA to study contact improvisation with renowned teacher Mark Young. During a month of workshops and classes, they learned a breadth of improvisational vocabulary and had the chance to dance with choreographer Benno Voorham and various other contact dancers.
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