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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Wendell Cooper

Wendell CooperE-mail: wendell.cooper@lehman.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-960-6095
Office: Speech and Theatre Building, Room 111
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5 PM
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., George Washington Univ., Integrated Media Arts M.F.A., Hunter College

Wendell Cooper (aka Mx. Oops) is a New York-based transmedia artist with a focus on multimedia performance, urban dance, and queer mysticism. They work in a range of mediums including: dance, video design, costume, and rap. A certified yoga instructor (500hr RYT) and practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage, they are also trained in various forms of energy healing. Their work has toured across the United States, Kenya, Burkina Faso, China, Russia, Austria, the Netherlands, and has been presented in NYC venues such as HERE Arts Center, Santos Party House, The Box, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, BAAD, and Harlem Stage. Their 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. They have been an artist in residence at CultureHub, PearlDiving Movement Residency, and the Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series.

Cooper has performed in the work of Jeffery Gibson, Rashaad Newsome, Nicholas Leichter, Yozmit, Narcissister, Maida Withers, Liz Lerman, Erick Hawkins, among others. As a video designer, they have developed multichannel installations for Jumatatu Poe, Marjani Forte, Gia Cacialono, and Monstah Black. As a member of the HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? Collective, they have presented work in the Whitney Biennial, at the Witte de Witte Contemporary Art Center (Rotterdam, NL), and Art Basel Miami. Cooper studied dance and religion at the George Washington University and completed an Integrated Media Arts MFA at Hunter College. They currently teach in Lehman College's Dance (BA) and Multimedia Performing Arts (BFA) Programs part of the City University of New York. For more about Wendell Cooper, see his personal website.