Greg Cooper

Writer, Director, Artistic Overseer

Funny man, crafty playwright, ingenious improviser, accomplished actor for stage and film, dynamic director, comedic MC and a pot-head-biker-extra on Shortland Street – Gregory is nothing if not versatile!

Gregory has worked with The Court Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Fortune Theatre and other professional companies in Australasia and is also a founding member of Playhouse. He has been involved in Arts, Fringe and Comedy festivals world wide having performed in London, Berlin, Montreal, Melbourne, Orlando, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

Performances he has been involved in include:

  • Writer and actor in ‘The Complete History of New Zealand (Abridged)’ – NZ tour 2006
  • Actor in the one-man show ‘Heroic Faun No. One’ in 2009 to 2011 – based on his experiences while doing this role in the Disney film of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.
  • Writer and actor in ‘The Complete History of Christchurch (Abridged)’ – this played to an audience of over 25,000 people in Hagley Park in 2012
  • Writer and director of actor Mark Hadlow's one-man show ‘MAMIL’ in 2015
  • Co-writer of the Kate Sheppard rock musical ‘That Bloody Woman’ in 2015
  • Writer of ‘The Streaker’ in 2016.

He also enjoys improvised comedy and writing plays for children such as ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Emperor's New Clothes’.

Gregory and Michael are buddies from way back. Gregory knows about the power of theatre so the scripts he provides Playhouse are world-class, fantastically funny, intriguing and instantly engage and transform students of all ages.

And speaking of transformation, if Gregory could choose to become a cartoon character, he would like to be Slinky Dog, the dachshund from Toy Story that has a slinky for a body. Gregory loves dachshunds and is amused by slinkys, he often longs to be more flexible and has great admiration for the talent of Tom Hanks!

Greg Cooper