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My story

~ Dee Cooke

 I've recently returned to my passion of acting (SAG/AFTRA). Credits include feature films, THE CONGRESSMAN, MOTHER, CHRISTMAS ON HONEYSUCKLE LANE, IN THE MOON'S SHADOW, ANALOGUE, '79 PARTS, THE UNION, BLOOD, SWEAT, & BRANDO, A STRANGER WITHIN, and Academy Award winner, Ernest Thompson’s feature, TIME AND CHARGES. as well as television and web credits GUIDING LIGHT and THE ONION NEWS NETWORK.  Some of my favorite theatre credits are AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE SECRET OF COMEDY, SUGAR BEAN SISTERS, THUMBS, LIGHT UP THE SKY, THREE VIEWINGS, PUNCH AND JUDY, BECAUSEHECAN, as well as sketch and improv shows. 

I also have 12 years experience as an on-camera acting coach through my casting company as well as with The Junior Theatre Group at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, England, and have been a guest speaker for The Maine Film Commission, and at schools and colleges including SMTVI, the University of Maine at Orono, and several high schools.  

I began my professional career during my college years with a series of 9 commercials for a regional dairy company. After being lucky enough to receive a full honors scholarship, I studied my junior year in Canterbury, England, interning at The Marlowe Theatre, as well as the theater program through the British Studies Centre (IAU), and Television & Film Production at Christ Church College. 

I branched into casting working with inde films, commercials, and print. Major films also used my services for location casting:  MAN WITHOUT A FACE, IN THE BEDROOM, EMPIRE FALLS  and more.  I also worked as a First AD on projects including a feature film shot in Maine and in Florida, BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE. I was a founding member of The Maine Film & Television Association, serving as Treasurer for 3 years, and still hold a Governor appointed position on the Maine Film Commission Board since 2002, serving as chair for some years.