Donmar Warehouse Appoints Anna Cooper CDG As Casting Director
The Donmar Warehouse today announces the appointment of Anna Cooper CDG as the new Casting Director from September 2018. Anna will work with newly appointed Artistic Director Michael Longhurst on casting productions in his first season in 2019.
Anna is currently a freelance Casting Director, who has worked with Michael Longhurst on the productions Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, They Drink it in the Congo at the Almeida Theatre and A Number at the Young Vic and Nuffield Theatres. Anna started her career in casting at the Almeida Theatre in 2003 assisting Maggie Lunn, and she has since cast a diverse range of theatre productions including: I and You, Dry Powder, The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre); Circle, Mirror, Transformation (HOME); Steel, Love and Information and The David Hare Season (Sheffield Theatres); Leave Taking and HIR (Bush Theatre); Five Finger Exercise (Print Room); Multitudes and The Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre); Tonight at 8.30 (ETT/Nuffield); The Glass Menagerie, The Saints and The Snow Queen (Southampton Nuffield); The Hudsucker Proxy (Liverpool Everyman/Nuffield); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (Theatre Royal Bath); Our Country's Good (Liverpool Playhouse); 'Tis Pity (Southwark Playhouse); Ghosts (West End) and Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal Plymouth).
Anna's short film work includes The Knackerman, Bunny and Clive, That Woman and Act of Love.
As Casting Associate to Toby Whale CDG for 8 years, television work includes Capital, Doc Martin (5 series), Arthur & George, Silk (3 series), Atlantis, Ashes to Ashes (3 series), Vicious and The Politician's Husband.
As Casting Associate to Toby Whale CDG, film work includes Dunkirk, Kursk, Where Hands Touch, The Lady in the Van, The Dark Knight Rises, Belle and Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll.
Speaking about Anna's appointment Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director Designate of The Donmar Warehouse said: "I am so delighted Anna will be joining the Donmar as Casting Director. I know she will bring her rigor, integrity, exquisite taste and progressive thinking to the role."
Anna Cooper said "For me The Donmar Warehouse has always represented the best of the business: a space of thrilling intimacy and epic possibility, inspiring productions, and exhilarating performances - an actor's theatre. I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Michael and the team at an incredibly exciting time in the life of this theatre."
Josie Rourke, outgoing Artistic Director of Donmar Warehouse, said, "Since Sam Mendes, the Donmar has always had a building-based casting director. In twenty-five years, there have only been two - Anne McNulty, and Alastair Coomer. I'm delighted that Michael has found - in Anna - a brilliant collaborator and advocate to take up a role that has always sat at the heart of the Donmar and its values."