Leah Cooper has been passionately devoted to making theater for over 30 years. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of Wonderlust Productions, a community-story-driven performing arts company. She is also a freelance stage director, teaching artist and an arts and community organizing consultant. Leah was the first Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, serving all 450 theaters in the state, from 2010 to 2016; Co-Founder and Partner at MinnesotaPlaylist.com, the state’s performing arts trade journal, from 2008-2017; and the Executive Director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival from 2001-2006.
Leah currently serves on the board of directors for the California Institute of Contemporary Arts and many other advisory boards. Prior to her full time transition to work in the performing arts in 2001, Leah worked by day in the corporate sector as a software engineer and business consultant for ten years.