School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Zoe Cooper

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Zoe is a playwright.

She grew up in London. After studying at Cambridge University she worked in theatre for a number of years in London as a literary officer and script reader.

She trained as a playwright on the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme and on the playwriting Masters at Birmingham University, taught by Steve Waters.

As a playwright she has worked/is working with: the National Theatre, Live Theatre, Nabokov, Theatre503, Paines Plough, the Orange Tree, Farnham Maltings, Unicorn Theatre, the Leeds Playhouse, Theatre503, Northern Stage and the Royal Shakspeare Company amongst others. 

Recent work includes: 

Jess and Joe Forever, which played at the Orange Tree in London in 2016 before touring. It then had a second run at the Traverse Theatre in 2017. It received a new production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. It has since enjoyed productions in Australia and the Czech Republic. A production in the US is planned.

Out of Water, which was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Orange Tree Theatre. It opened in April 2019 at the Orange Tree. It received 4 star reviews from the Guardian, The Times, Time Out and the Stage amongst others.

She is represented by Jonathan Kinnersley at The Agency. All professional enquiries about her work as a playwright should be directed to Jonathan.


This year (2018-2019) I will be teaching:

SEL2226: Script Workshop (module leader)

SEL3333: File of original Work (script strand)

SEL8642: Craft (script strand)

I work part time (0.5) and this year my teaching and administrative work falls on Wednesday afternoon - Friday (term time only).

My office hours are 2pm - 4pm Fridays (term time only). If possible do let me know in advance if you want to come, attaching any work you would like to discuss.

If you are not able to come on a Friday at the specified time,  please do send me an email to arrange an alternative day/time.