Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 4:10pm - 5:30pm
Online (registration information: https://sites.lafayette.edu/symposium-2021/)
Simone Chess, Interviewer, Wayne State University; Skyler Cooper, Actor



Skyler Cooper was recently voted one of Autostraddle’s 100 LGBTQ People You Should Know. Cooper is an influential transgender pioneer in the arts and has received critical acclaim for his gender-bending live and film performances. Currently Cooper is in development of his next film, Worthy of Survival. Cooper marked his directorial debut with Hero Mars, a beautifully cinematic and thought-provoking award-winning short film, which he also wrote, produced, and starred in. As an actor, Cooper received accolades for his revolutionary adaption playing Othello as a female commander in 2004, and again in 2019 for becoming the first transgender man in the history of classical theater cast to play Othello. He has appeared in the films Elena Undone, The Owls and The Insomniacs, and on television in RuPaul’s Drag U. Cooper, a Gulf War veteran, practicing Buddhist, and lover of tango, can often be found leading women and men at milongas in the Bay Area when not working on his next gender-ation film. 

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“Shakespeare and Race,” the Keefe Colloquium in the Public Humanities at Lafayette College, is made possible with principal sponsorship from the Keefe Family Foundation.