Theatrical mask artist to perform at Ozarks

Release Date: 12/7/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- Theatrical mask and movement artist Michael Cooper will bring his unique performance to University of the Ozarks at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, as part of the university's 2010 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The performance will be held in the university’s Walton Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the box office on the day of the show. Cooper will also present a mask making workshop for all ages at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the university. The workshop is free and open to the public. For information about either event, please call 979-1346.

Cooper spins tales and weaves stories using an unusual and colorful cast of characters brought to life through his own mask creations. Anything can happen in Cooper’s magical world where dogs wear hats, wild stallions are tamed, giant noses sneeze, and fish bait candy to catch children in a pond. A show that’s sure to captivate audience members of all ages, this is an afternoon that will capture hearts and stimulate imaginations while encouraging you to think about the amazing possibilities.

Since receiving his B.A. in peace studies from Goddard College and completing six years of theater training with Tony Montanaro in Maine and Etienne Decroux in Paris, Cooper has spent the past 20 years crisscrossing the country and performing more than 8,000 times for audiences of every age and description. His credits include performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, the Richmond Children’s Festival, the Mayfair Festival in Pennsylvania, the Love Affair Festival in Georgia, Boston First Night and special family theater events across the United States. Cooper’s movements range from lyrical to madcap. His original masks and stilt characters are truly mythic in their dimensions.