Jim Cooney is an award-winning director/choreographer whose international body of work encompasses theater, television, concerts, and events. Current and recent projects include directing/choreographing Broadway Under the Stars for Transcendence Theatre Company, directing an NYC reading of a new musical, Divided, choreographing another new musical, Here Be Dragons, at the Vineyard Theatre, choreographing Between The Sea and Sky for NYMF which won Best Musical and earned Jim a Best Choreography nomination, choreographing A Christmas Carol at the ZACH Theatre, and conceiving/choreographing Dreams, a short dance film.
A few highlighted past credits are ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Sweet Charity directed by Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, Broadway Bares directed by Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell, Tableaux for Holland America Line, The Accused at Tropicana Atlantic City (Casino Show of the Year winner), Nothing But Trash at Theater for the New City (IT Award nominee for Outstanding Movement), and One Night Only: An Evening with Alex Newell at Pittsburgh CLO's Cabaret at Theater Square.
Associate Choreographer credits include Guys and Dolls directed/choreographed by Tony nominated Dan Knechtges, WikiMusical starring Tony award nominee Brenda Braxton, and the NYC workshop of Fairycakes by Douglas Carter Beane. He also assisted Tony nominated Randy Skinner on New York City Center's production of Abby's Song starring Paul Sorvino and on Ginger starring Tony winner Donna McKechnie.
Jim has choreographed commercials and events for the likes of Warner Brothers, Office Max, and Oral-B featuring celebrities such as Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin and Robbie Rosen of American Idol. He's worked with Oxygen on both seasons of The Glee Project for their upfront presentations and their second season activation of The Prancing Elites Project.
He has created new dance theater pieces for BC Beat, Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, and NYC Dance Panorama. His diverse choreographic voice transcends traditional dance genres to aerial arts, body balancing, and 3-D motion capture.
He is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) and was praised by The New York Times for training dancers with "audition must haves: character, motivation, and endurance." Jim is the faculty advisor of BDC's Educational Programs and serves on BDC's Faculty Advisory Board.