Celeste M. Cooper
Celeste M. Cooper’s Steppenwolf credits include: BLKS, The Doppelgänger: an international farce, Familiar, A Doll’s House, Part 2, and The Most Spectaculary Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington. Other theatre credits: Blues for an Alabama Sky (Court Theatre), The Hard Problem (Court Theatre), Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre), Stick Fly (Windy City Playhouse), Never the Sinner (Victory Gardens Theater), The Mecca Tales (Chicago Dramatists), Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre), Ruined (Eclipse Theatre), Barbecue (Strawdog Theatre), You On The Moors Now (The Hypocrites) and her original one woman shows Fight 4 Your Life, and later The Incredible Cece (MPAACT and Stage 773). Regional Theatre credits: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf (Kansas City Repertory in Kansas City, MO), Building The Wall (Curious Theatre Company in Denver, CO), and The Hammer Trinity (The House Theatre/ Adrienne Arsht in Miami, FL). TV and Film credits include a recurring role on Chicago PD (NBC), Spike Lee’s Chiraq, Sense8 (NETFLIX), and is leading an indie feature called Range Runners.
Celeste is also an ensemble member and casting associate with Eclipse Theatre Company. She has a B.A. in Speech Communications & Theatre from Tennessee State University and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
In 2014, Celeste won The Phylicia Rashad- Most Promising Actress award from the Black Theater Alliance, in 2019 she won Best Actress for her work in Range Runners at the Twister Alley Film Festival, and in 2020 she was listed in the NewCity Stage Players magazine as one of the 50 people who really perform for Chicago.