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Sonya Cooke

Assistant Professor of Acting
Head of Undergraduate Performance


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Sonya Cooke is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Head of Undergraduate Performance at LSU. The author of Seven Pillars Acting, Sonya is dedicated to innovating and advancing how actors train. She is the former owner and head teacher of two acting schools in California: Seven Pillars Acting Studio in Los Angeles and Actor’s Studio of Orange County, both of which specialize in her unique methodology. Sonya Cooke is a working actor and director, having performed in tv, film, New York and regional theatre, as well as commercials, print, and voice-over media. Career highlights include Louie, creating devised theatre at the Guthrie, and playing the title role in feature film, Lily Grace. In addition, she has worked with many institutions all over the country as a teacher, curriculum writer, and program developer; these include The Studio School in Los Angeles, University of California at Irvine, the Guthrie Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and more. She earned degrees from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and UC-Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts.