Melinda Cooper

Creative Life & Career Manager

Melinda came to ARTS as a Volunteer & Creative Drama teacher almost 5 years ago! She is thrilled to be facilitating paid apprenticeships for the Empower Program now. 

Before settling in San Diego, Melinda studied and performed her way across Tennessee, Virginia, Philadelphia, NYC, and Los Angeles. Her thesis project at the University of Virginia involved facilitating Shakespeare workshops in Juvenile Correctional Facilities and creating an original performance piece for a Women’s Maximum Security Prison. She is an avant-garde performance artist.

Melinda has designed both sets & costumes, is a classically trained actor, and thrives when helping people communicate as a manager. Melinda believes art and performance have the power to transform people’s lives, for the better. It is her honor to work alongside the amazing staff and students at ARTS, supporting a mission that is aligned with her own.