Vivian M. Cook, originally from the mountains of Arizona, is a director, producer, actor, dramaturg, and community organizer. Her research and performance focus explores interdisciplinary, community-based collaborations and how performance can be used as a tool to encourage civic participation in sustainability efforts. She is co-producer for Ames’ Focal Theatre Lab and ISU’s One Day Plays and a member of the Ames Climate Action Team and The EcoTheatre Lab. Recent theatrical credits include ISU Theatre and The EcoTheatre Lab: Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 (community engagement director), Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way (director, community engagement director); PlaceBase Productions: Over the Barrel : A Prohibition Musical (assistant producer); Ten Thousand Things: The Sins of Sor Juana (production intern, understudy); Story Theater Co.: Twelfth Night (co-director),Twelve Angry Jurors (director), Our Antigone (director); Focal Theatre Lab: Beyond Hope (co-producer, performer), Smoke Break (co-producer), Fission (co-producer, director); Focal Theatre Lab, ReACT Gallery, and The EcoTheatre Lab: Gun Control Theatre (producer), Heal the Divide on Campus (producer).
BA, Performing Arts and French, Iowa State University, ’19
MS in Community Development, MS in Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University, ’23