Matt Cooksey, director, baritone, writer


Matt Cooksey is the Resident Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Opera, a position he has held since 2018. In Indianapolis, Cooksey serves as the assistant director for main stage productions, including La bohème (2018), Camelot and L’elisir d’amore (2019), and Don Giovanni (2020). He will also direct four children’s operas for the company, including two that he wrote for the 2019-20 season. Cooksey’s professional mainstage directorial debut will take place during Indianapolis Opera’s 2020 production of Brundibar/Vedem.

Matt recently worked for Opera NEO in San Diego as one of three Apprentice Stage Directors. His main project was assistant-directing La Calisto with David Toro, but he also worked as a production assistant for their other mainstage productions of La Cenerentola and Eugene Onegin.

Cooksey has written a handful of musical revues, pastiches, and operatic adaptations. In addition to his work as a director and writer, he has spent the last year learning lighting design.

Matt is a graduate of Indiana University (BM in Vocal Performance [‘12]) and Florida State University (MM in Performance [‘16] and Opera Production [‘18]). He spends most of his year in Indianapolis, and spends his off-time with his wife in Tampa, FL.

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