A two-time graduate of the University of Dayton, Cooper studied theater and communication before beginning a career as a development professional. An active member of the Dayton community, she is a trustee at Culture Works, featured writer on DaytonMostMetro.com, Updayton board member, and project volunteer with Activated Spaces. As an actor, Cooper has performed on many local stages and for regional radio, film and television spots.
Ron Rollins, President of the FilmDayton Board of Trustees, says, “Many of the board members already knew Megan either through her film work or community involvement. As we consider what FilmDayton can be for the region, we know she has the drive and knowledge to help us grow and meet our goals. We’re looking forward to what the future holds for FilmDayton.”
As the new Executive Director, Cooper is challenged to further the FilmDayton mission to provide opportunities for filmmakers. She will work with a strong coalition of volunteers to plan the annual FilmDayton Festival, facilitate educational programming (such as the Boot Camps and Film Connections), and support economic development in hopes to bring more productions to the region.
Cooper says, “FilmDayton was a great fit. I believe in the future of Dayton, the arts, and economic development opportunities in our region; FilmDayton brings those aspects together. I look forward to serving the organization and sharing my skills to support film in the region.”
Next steps for FilmDayton include an internship collaboration with Wright State University and a renewed dedication to economic development. As reported previously, FilmDayton will continue talks with the Dayton Art Institute and Dayton Visual Arts Center to determine if a partnership could lead to greater sustainability and successful programming.