[Theaterfacultystaff] LUNCHBAG TODAY MAY 11

Wagner, Maureen wagnerm at ohio.edu
Fri May 11 07:57:21 EDT 2012

Today is a BIG lunchbag,

SOT Alumni Gary Cooper will be our guest and several scholarships and awards will be announced.
Please attend and encourage your students to be there too!

Mr. Cooper's bio:
Mr. Cooper graduated from Ohio University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Design. Then In 1980 he received a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from The University of Wisconsin.  After graduation he moved to New York City where he began working in the New York Theatre.
He worked on several Broadway plays including “Sugar Babies”, “The American Clock” (by Arthur Miller), and “Pilobolus on Broadway” to name a few.  Gary has worked with international companies such as the Royal Danish Ballet and Netherlands Ballet Companies at the Metropolitan Opera House.  He has designed several productions at Radio City Music such as the “Radio City Easter Show”, “Life Magazine Special with Barbara Walters”, and multiple industrial theatre productions. Gary worked with PepsiCo Company on their dealer meetings at the New York State Theatre and The San Francisco Orpheum theatres. From the early eighties through the early nineties Gary designed the lighting and scenery for all of the announcements and dealer meetings for the Cadillac Motor Company.
In the nineties Gary began to work more in the industrial arena. He has designed the lighting and scenery for the national NATPE meetings in Miami and San Francisco Convention Halls.  Gary has been the production designer for many pharmaceutical launchprojects for companies such as Hoffman La Roche, Astra Merck, Boehringer Mannheim and Pfizer to name a few.  At the 1992 NAB conference in Las Vegas Gary art directed the launch of the HDTV format by General Instruments. In 1998 Mr. Cooper returned to the Broadway stage for a two month engagement with the “Ion" product announcement for the Sprint Communications Company.   In 1998 Gary also provided design services to launch the company Silkroad.
Since 1998 Gary has been the production designer for all annual product launches for the Ford Motor Company Fleet Division. Gary has been working extensively with companies such as BMW, Mercedes Lexus, General Motors, and Volvo providing production design services. As well as designing scenery and lighting for industrial theatre Mr. Cooper has provided design services in the exhibit field as well as the architectural arena.  Gary has designed the lighting for executive offices for One Such Films and public areas for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. As well as working in most major venues in New York City, Gary has worked in all of the large venues in Las Vegas. Mr. Cooper is a member of the United Scenic Artist Local 829 in New York City.

Maureen Wagner
Assistant Director School of Theater
Project Director Arts for Ohio
Kantner Hall 307
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