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HERO MARS screening KIPP College Prep School

Guest Speaker, January 2016
Shared Hero Mars film and spoke with the youth about gender expression in the story and my experience in the real world as an transgender actor.

Tango For Veterans

Guest Teacher and Organizer, February 2016
Instrumental in organizing and teaching free tango classes for veterans and their family and friends at the War Memorial Veterans building.

I AM POSITIVE Photo Exhibit

Model and Performer, February 2016
This exhibit reflects the “positive faces” of individuals who are courageous enough to share their upbeat positive approach to life. The stigma associated with HIV has often turned positive into something negative. The goal of this exhibit is to reclaim the notion of being positive. The people in this exhibit are both HIV positive and negative. Their stories, which are included in written form, might include their HIV journey or may include other associations with being positive. Their images and stories are larger than life.

 EVERY 28 HOURS

Every 28 Hours October 18- Nov 12 2016

Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF's Community Producer) and Dominic D’Andrea (The One­Minute Play Festival, Producing AD), in association with local St. Louis theater makers, The Every 28 Hours Plays focus on the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty­-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The Every 28 Hours Plays consist of around 75 one­-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, written by artists across the nation.

The Bay Area collaboration will include:
Oct. 18: Excerpts at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Oct. 19: Excerpts at Berkeley Rep’s Osher Studio
Oct. 21 to Nov. 12: Fully-realized 4-week run produced by FaultLine Theater in collaboration with 5 different directors from local theaters

All performances will be free and open to the public.

  ACTOR (STAGE)

SUBTERRANEAN SHAKESPEARE PERFORMANCE

Performer, April 2015
Staged reading of Othello for The Rossmoor Shakespeare society in honor of Paul Robeson’s birthday.

PFLAG HERO MARS screening

Guest Speaker, November 2015
Discussion on what it is to be transgender in the film and theater industry.

Veterans Administration Health Trans-posium

Panelist, January 2016
Participated in a transgender veteran discussion panel as part of VA heath care discussion on how to better service transgender veterans in wellness and greeting at the hospital.

VetHubSF

Committee Member
VetHubSF was formed to preserve the War Memorial for veterans: “A place to connect, collaborate and create for veterans, veteran organizations, and the broader bay area community.” It is currently under threat of being privatized.

Veteran's Adminstrative heatlh Trans-posium

Panelist, July 2018                                                            Participated in a transgender veteran discussion panel as part of VA heath care discussion on how to better service transgender veterans in wellness and greeting at the hospital.

TRANS RALLY SIlicon Valley Pride 

Guest performer Aug 2018

  A Transgender story  called "Living Proof" combines tango and transition to show the journey of a trans person. ( A Neo-Futurists style performance)   "Written and performed by Skyler Cooper and directed by Mary Guzmán, “Living Proof” is a riveting account of Cooper’s journey in gender identity and all the static that people’s expectations throw in the way." ~Sam Hurwitt, Mercury news  "In “Participants,” twelve short plays by TheatreFIRST at Live Oak Theater,genres spill one into another, as the audience spills into actors. Play Four, “Living Proof,” features writer Skyler Cooper as actor and character, telling a moving, personal story of a Black man coming to embrace his identity. In the moments Cooper is on stage, we might be listening to the Moth Radio Hour—but more intimate, raw, unaffected. Cooper’s story is a gift." ~ Svea Vikander and Edward Boyda, Theatrius

 A Transgender story  called "Living Proof" combines tango and transition to show the journey of a trans person. ( A Neo-Futurists style performance) 

"Written and performed by Skyler Cooper and directed by Mary Guzmán, “Living Proof” is a riveting account of Cooper’s journey in gender identity and all the static that people’s expectations throw in the way." ~Sam Hurwitt, Mercury news

"In “Participants,” twelve short plays by TheatreFIRST at Live Oak Theater,genres spill one into another, as the audience spills into actors. Play Four, “Living Proof,” features writer Skyler Cooper as actor and character, telling a moving, personal story of a Black man coming to embrace his identity. In the moments Cooper is on stage, we might be listening to the Moth Radio Hour—but more intimate, raw, unaffected. Cooper’s story is a gift." ~ Svea Vikander and Edward Boyda, Theatrius