“Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.”
by Dale Ricardo Shields
Chuck Cooper has been featured in 15 Broadway shows in every theatrical genre from Shakespeare to musical comedy. His most recent guest-starring TV appearances include “Bull,” “Power,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards” and “Madam Secretary.” Other awards: Lucille Lortel Award, San Diego Critics’ Circle Award, Audelco Award, and two Drama Desk nominations.
Chuck Cooper was born on November 8, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Ohio University, Chuck Cooper is a Tony award-winning veteran of ten Broadway plays and musicals, his career spans over a thirty-year period as an actor and acting coach.
Cooper made his Broadway debut in 1983 in the musical Amen Corner, playing the role of Brother Boxer. He was an understudy in the original Broadway casts of his next three shows: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me(he eventually took over the role of Adam), Passion and Getting Away with Murder.
“Show Business, Never take it personally, It’s the business of show,
and have fun! Work hard, play hard, and know that no one can take your good from you, but you.”
Tony Award winner, Chuck Cooper tells of a Broadway show’s mishaps,
ARCHIVIST, EDUCATOR, HISTORIAN, and ARTiST
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore Award
On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.