Jackson Cooper

Jackson Cooper

Jackson Cooper is a widely read cultural critic, writing for publications on both coasts. In addition to CVNC, his writings have appeared in the Greensboro News and Record, ICareIfYouListen.com, Classical Voice of North America, and Film Matters magazine; he also contributed an essay for the Perform book series published by Focal Press. He is a member of the Music Critics Association for which he launched the Association's Instagram account @classical_voice.

Equally at home in the rehearsal rooms of theatres and orchestras, Cooper debuted as a guest conductor with the Durham Symphony in November 2015. He studied theatre criticism and conducting at UNCG, working as an assistant director on several university and community productions and serving as a rehearsal conductor for UNCG's Opera Theatre. In the Summer of 2015 he received an undergraduate research grant to study musical theatre conducting with the company Greensboro Light Opera and Song. He also helmed UNC-Chapel Hill's acclaimed production of A Chorus Line in November 2015. Follow Jackson Cooper on Twitter at @CrampedCritic.

Articles by Jackson Cooper:

Psychological Dread Fascinates in Meredith's Suddenly Last Summer

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  November 10, 2016

Copland Classics Inspire Passionate Playing from NCS

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  November 4, 2016

Elon's Parade Achieves Professional Quality in Direction, Acting

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  October 27, 2016

Brooklyn Rider, von Otter Explore So Many Things in Chapel Hill

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  October 7, 2016

The Undertaking Affirms Our Fears

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  September 29, 2016

Sentimental Almost, Maine Is Sweet, Heart-Warming

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  September 17, 2016

Wagner, Rachmaninoff Offerings at EMF Closer

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  July 30, 2016

Rioult's Women on the Edge at ADF

Dance Review by Jackson Cooper,  July 18, 2016

TIP's Hair Is Riveting, Timely

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  July 10, 2016

Intoxicating Don Juan is Silly Summer Theatre

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  June 11, 2016

Hughie Gives Dual Performers Their Spotlight

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  May 27, 2016

NCS' "A Day In Paris" is Exquisite for Rainy Day

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  May 6, 2016

Winning Pericles Celebrates Human Spirit at UNCSA

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  April 8, 2016

Conrad Tao Brings Difficult, Challenging Program to Duke

Recital Review by Jackson Cooper,  March 25, 2016

Triad Stage's Radiunt Abundunt: A Picture Perfect Meditation on Art

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  February 26, 2016

UNCSA Sharpens Claws with Catty Women

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  February 25, 2016

VROOOMMM! Is A Wildly Entertaining Ride in the Comedy Fast Lane

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  January 30, 2016

Winston-Salem Symphony's Chamber Messiah Brings Comfort, Joy

Choral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  December 16, 2015

Exhilarating Starcatcher Appealing for Young and Old Alike

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  November 21, 2015

UNCSA's Chaperone Is Raucous, Nostalgic Fare for a Fall Evening

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  November 19, 2015

Manbites' Mr. Burns Is "D'oh"-gone Excellent

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  October 22, 2015

UNCSA's Arcadia Is Time-Trip worth Taking

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  October 9, 2015

Star, Singer, and GSO Startle with "Musical Quest"

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  September 26, 2015

Lesbians Pack Well-Done Laughs & Punches

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  July 24, 2015

Stars and the NC Symphony Give Us The Ol' "Razzle-Dazzle"

Musical Theatre, Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  June 19, 2015

Shattering Common Enemy Is Hot Triad Ticket

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  June 13, 2015

Greensboro Symphony's "Edge" is Technically Inspiring

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  May 14, 2015

Abundance: Triad Stage's Sleeper Hit of the 2014-15 Season

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  May 9, 2015

Mendelssohn, Bard Meet In Hilarious North Carolina Dream

Orchestral Music, Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  May 7, 2015

WSS West Side Program: Diverse, Memorable Tribute to Masters

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  April 25, 2015

Roots Run Deep in Triad's Crimes of the Heart

Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  April 12, 2015

Glossy Guys and Dolls Is an Undisputed Hit for UNCSA

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  April 9, 2015

Twin City's Poppins Is Fun for Children, Moving for Adults

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  March 28, 2015

UNCSA Symphony & Soloist Provide Important "Fireworks" with Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  March 19, 2015

Gallery Players' Superstar: A Risky & Impressive Feat

Musical Theatre Review by Jackson Cooper,  February 20, 2015

Valentine's Day French Music at Watson: "Magnifique!"

Chamber Music Review by Jackson Cooper,  February 14, 2015