About Timothy

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning writer and director based in Brooklyn. A former journalist, restaurant critic, and playwright, his focus is on finding life’s underdogs and giving them a voice.

He wrote and directed the short comedy Lemon, starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, and Jenn Lyon, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has since played at festivals around the world, been licensed for screening on United Airlines, and become one of the most-viewed festival shorts on Amazon Prime. Timothy was named a 2018 IFP Screen Forward Lab Fellow for his sitcom based on the short—one of 12 projects selected worldwide for development in the yearlong incubator. He was also a recipient of the 2021 Soho House Script House fellowship for his sci-fi short film Quarter-Century Kid.

He also wrote and directed the web sitcom Concierge: The Series, starring comedians from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Bridesmaids, Last Comic Standing, the Onion News Network, CollegeHumor, and Upright Citizens Brigade. For his work on Concierge, he was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media. The series was an official selection of the International Television Festival and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Short Film Showcase.
His debut political comedy video, “Transparency,” was featured on the front pages of YouTube Comedy and Slate magazine. He also directed two shows that played at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City: the improvised play Sunny-Side Up and Farebeater: Improv in a Cab, both starring cast members from Silicon Valley, Conan, and more.
Timothy's first feature-writing credit, Away From Here, starring Nick Stahl, Alicia Witt, and Ray Wise, is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime. Watch the trailer here.

As a member of the writers’ room for the popular speculative-fiction podcast The Truth, he’s written the standalone episodes “Chester” and “Gods and Mortals.”

He wrote and directed the two-screen digital sitcom pilot We Are Criminal Masterminds, which was a top-five nationwide finalist in the Samsung Second Screen Storytellers Competition at the New York Television Festival. Timothy is also the creator of 365 Loglines, where he posted an original movie idea every day for a year, as well as 365 Short Stories, where he's publishing an original short story every day in 2023. He's written commercials for dozens of high-profile brands, including multiple spots to promote the YouTube brand during the Super Bowl.

As an adjunct faculty member at New York University in Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Dramatic Writing, he taught an MFA seminar on writing, producing, and directing the pilot episode of an original digital series.

A longtime member of the writers' room for the Writers Guild Awards, he's written monologue jokes, desk pieces, and sketches for hosts and presenters including Jimmy Fallon, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kenan Thompson, Amy Schumer, Amber Ruffin, Lewis Black, Roy Wood Jr., Kal Penn, Larry Wilmore, Colin Quinn, Rachel Brosnahan, Ava DuVernay, Michelle Buteau, and many more.

He's also directed multiple staged readings for the Writers Guild of America East at Lincoln Center and the New School. And he directed the staged presentations of the Made in NY Writers Room's inaugural class's top-scoring comedy and drama pilots, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers' Workshop, the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, and the WGAE Softball Team. Timothy is currently developing multiple pilots, features, podcasts, and video games with a variety of production companies.

About Blueprint Screenwriting Group

Timothy has taught hundreds of writers around the world about screenwriting, storytelling, improv comedy, and writing. He founded Blueprint Screenwriting Group in the spring of 2014 to teach screenwriting in a small, constructive, creative writing-group environment.  

He's worked with clients through one-on-one tutoring, conferences, classes at the Brooklyn Brainery (see his Brooklyn Brainery classes here), and online via Screenwriters University and the Writers Store.

Some of the many other venues where Timothy has taught include:
  • Yale University
  • New York University
  • Columbia University
  • Australian International Screen Forum
  • Made in NY Media Center by IFP
  • Nielsen
  • Teachers College of Columbia University
  • SAG-AFTRA Foundation
  • The New York Screenwriters Workshop (sponsored by FilmNation Entertainment and the WGAE)
  • Lehman College
  • TADA! Youth Theatre
  • The Thomas Collective
  • New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies
  • The Royal Thai Scholars Program
  • Women in Film & Television International
  • The Jesse Thompkins III Foundation
  • Upwardly Global
  • Screenwriters World Conference
  • Story Expo
  • Writers Guild of America, East

To contact Timothy about speaking at your conference, panel, or event, please email Blueprint.