A former Grade One teacher, Sara has worked as an actor both locally and internationally in theatre, film, and TV and voice since 1996. Her screen credits include playing Will McInnis’ daughter in the multi-award winning 2001 mini-series My Brother Jack (Channel 10), as well as roles in Rosehaven (ABC), My Place Series 2 (ABC), The Kettering Incident (BBC/Foxtel), the Canadian/Australian feature film Arctic Blast, Noirhouse (ABC iview), and multiple short films and TV commercials. Sara voices multiple characters for international animation series including; Megabites (ABC), Pixel Pinkie (Channel 9), Buzz Bumble (Channel GO!) and Fanshaw and Crudnut – the telemovie.
Sara’s 50 professional stage credits include touring to Shanghai with Terrapin’s Explosion Therapy (winner “Most Outstanding Production” – 2008 International Children’s Theatre Festival, Shanghai), It’s Partly about Love – It’s Partly about Massacre, Sick and The Berry Man for The Tasmanian Theatre Company, Dream Masons (Ten Days on the Island), the premiere season of the AWGIE winning Beyond the Neck and The Effect for Loud Mouth Theatre Company.
Sara was nominated for Best Actress at The inaugural 2015 Errols for her performance in the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s The Berry Man, and in 2015 won Most Outstanding Actress at the Rome WebAwards for Noirhouse (ABC iview). Committed to professional development, Sara has continued to train in improvisation, clowning, screen acting and more, under world renowned practitioners; Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.), Aleksi Vellis, Di Drew, Improbable Theatre (U.K), Phillipe Gaulier (France), Justus Neumann (Austria), Tom Greder and Clare Bartholomew, Laura Sheedy; Rowena Balos (L.A.). She has also completed workshops in audition technique with casting directors from The Great Gatsby, Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and Mission Impossible 2.
Connor has been working and training as an actor for the past 5 years in Tasmania and interstate, including studying at Cooper Screen Academy and Screen Actors Australia in Melbourne. Connor also trained with Brendan Cowell, Elizabeth Debicki and casting directors Peter Rasmussen (Neighbours, Packed to the Rafters, Sea Patrol), Alison Telford (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Summer heights High, Seachange) and Alison Barrett (The Great Gatsby, Babe, Gallipoli, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome).
In 2016 Connor appeared as Lorenzo in Loud Mouth’s The Merchant of Venice. He can be seen currently in the ongoing locally produced web series, the Davis Brothers, and on TV in Rosehaven (ABCTV), The Kettering Incident (Foxtel/BBC), and The Outlaw: Michael Howe (ABCTV) as well as a number of television commercials locally and interstate.
Sara and the CSA team have earned every star in my 5 star rating. To see my daughter so happy after every class is a testament to her teacher. The kindness shown to us by Sara is heart warming. This kindness filters through both the staff and children who attend classes. Such a passionate team with such big hearts. We love CSA!!!
If you're interested in acting or looking for a fun, interesting hobby, you should definitely try Cooper Screen Academy! Such a great experience led by a lovely, talented teacher! Sara Cooper is doing some amazing things for the Tasmanian film industry and its actors. Get involved!
It's not just for kids! I started at the beginning of last year after seeing how much my teenaged daughter was enjoying her classes. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and skilled professionals and the curriculum is presented in such a fun a supportive way. Since joining Cooper Screen Academy, I've gained confidence, friendships and even opportunities for paid acting work! If I could award more than 5 stars, I would!
I was so nervous and unsure of myself before attending CSA. I had no idea if I could even act, all I knew is that I wanted to. Maeve and Sara have helped me turn that passion into a skill set and after a whole term of their constant support and direction, I have gained so much, learnt more than I even knew I needed to and I have had the time of my life doing it.
Thank you Sara, Danni and everyone else involved for all that you do for my daughter, Petra, at Cooper Screen Academy! She has not only learned many new skills but also loves every minute of the experiences. Petra has grown from a reserved girl who, at the beginning of the year, suffered from crippling stage fright, to one who was recently confident enough to accept the challenge of the female lead in a short film. Cooper Screen Academy is AWESOME!