Single Carrot Theatre names new artistic director
Cooper has acted in several Single Carrot productions since 2008, including "Killer Joe," "The Wild Duck," "Playing Dead" and "The Other Shore." His edgy performance in the doomsday satire "Tragedy" last season was particularly effective.
He's in the cast of "Linus & Alora," which opens next week, wrapping up Single Carrot's fourth season, and he will direct a production of "MilkMilkLemonade" next season for the company.
Cooper has also served as director of finance for the company. He succeeds founding artistic director J. Buck Jabaily, who left the organization last year take the helm of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
"My focus first and foremost is the ensemble," Cooper said in a statement released Tuesday, "but I want to ensure that we collaborate with the greater theater community to develop artistry on a larger scale in Baltimore ... I’m excited to further these relationships, and recognize that collaboration is at the heart of continued sustainability."
Jabaily said he felt it was important "for the next artistic leader of Single Carrot to ...
Single Carrot Theatre's fifth season will open in September with "Church," an examination of faith by Young Jean Lee. Also due for 2011-12: Joshua Conkel's dark comedy, "MilkMilkLemonade," about an 11 year-old having "a crisis of sexual identity"; "Hotel Cassiopeia," by Charles Mee, inspired by the intriguing boxes made by artist Joseph Cornell from found objects; and a work freshly created by the Single Carrot ensemble.
PHOTO (by Chris Hartlove) OF NATHAN COOPER IN WILL ENO'S 'TRAGEDY'