Inspired Life: Valley Youth Theater Director Bobb Cooper

Producing Artistic Director

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
Currently working on a wonderful Oscar Party. We are so excited to use this opportunity to introduce Valley Youth Theatre to a whole new group a philanthropists and arts supporters. Also, currently working on our 30th Anniversary Season which will open with Disney’s Newsies.

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What failure did you learn the most from and what did you learn?
Having a rough childhood, and being self supportive since I was 13 years old and on my own since 15, failure was not and could not be part of my DNA. I really don’t have any failure to look back on (I don’t say this to be arrogant). Success was my mission and key to my survival.

What is your go-­to strategy in moments of self doubt?
This is a tough one. I learned long ago that self doubt was the enemy. I learned it was so very important to be my own best friend and to be careful what I said to myself. So when those thoughts creep into my head, I counter them with positive affirmations.

Who or what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my father. Even though he was not the best (an abusive and neglectful alcoholic), the portion of my childhood I spent with him helped to mold me into the caring, loving, giving and successful person I am today. I learned to always look for the silver lining!

How do you recharge?
Visiting NYC and Hollywood. I recharge every moment I work with young people as they serve as my greatest inspiration!

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Favorite inspirational quote:
Can’t Never Could Do Anything – James N. Cooper (my father)

Contact Bobb:
facebook: bobb.cooper.5
Twitter: @bobbcooper
Instagram: @bobbcooper