Sharon E. Cooper loves working on projects that reflect the world we live in. Her happiest places are sitting around a table with fellow writers, being in a rehearsal room, seeing her work come to life with some of the most talented collaborators imaginable, and watching bad-ass theatre, film and television. She is a New York City based playwright and screenwriter.
Sharon is the writer of the romantic comedy short film THE SEVEN MEN OF HANUKKAH, directed by Daryl Lathon and featuring Mike Houston (Orange is the New Black/Inside Amy Schumer) and Jenny Kirlin (nominated by Queens World Film Festival for Best Short Actress). It has screened in the Black Bear Film Festival, the Lighthouse International Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, the High Falls Film Festival, the Queens World Film Festival, the Chain Film Festival, New York University and many more. For more information, click here.
Sharon’s feature romantic comedy screenplay THE GOLDEN AGE OF KALI is about a closeted Hindu, lesbian New Yorker who’s trying to keep her Jewish girlfriend away from her family and vice versa. She is currently sharing the script with potential producing partners. She was one of the writers for Brooklyn Private Investigators (BKPI), a new web series from Creator/Director Hye Yun Park and produced by Super Deluxe.
Sharon’s plays have been produced in Germany, England, Hungary, India, Australia, Singapore and across the United States. She is published in The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2010, 2014, and 2016; Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, and several editions of The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Her most recent full-length play, CAUGHT, is a comedy about two sets of siblings (one Jewish, one Black) who grew up together and are dealing with secrets and lies.
In her short plays, she sometimes combines elements of surrealism with moments in life that feel too real. Her play THE COOKING KING was in the Samuel French Short Play Festival; PAINTING SEVENTEEN won best short play in the “Planet Connections Festival” and was a finalist in the “Short and Sweet” festival in Sydney, Australia, the largest short play festival in the world. Her short play A VISIT TO THE BRONX was commissioned by The Keller Theater in Giessen, Germany. In New York City, Sharon’s short plays were produced in Planet Connections Festival, and her short plays work well together for evenings of theatre, whether in schools or professional productions.
Sharon wrote her first full-length play in high school, and it was a winner in “New Voices for the Theatre.” Twenty years later, Sharon returned to this program and was the Playwright-in-Residence. She continues to teach playwriting to individuals and to groups. Sharon was part of the inaugural class chosen to study at the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive Summer Program. She attended Longwood University, where she studied English, Theatre and Secondary Education, and she has a Master’s Degree from New York University, where she studied screenwriting, writing for television and more. Sharon is a Resident Playwright at The CRY HAVOC Company, a member of the Stillwater Writer’s Group and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
When Sharon’s not writing, she might be found teaching a yoga class, a spinning class, or helping a young person find her own voice in her writing.