Debra Lord Cooke – Bio
Debra Lord Cooke (aka Dee Cooke) began her career professionally during her college years with a series of 9 commercials for a regional dairy company. After receiving a full honors scholarship from the University of Maine at Orono to study her junior year in Canterbury, England, Debra interned at The Marlowe Theatre, studied theater through the British Studies Centre (IAU), and Television & Film Production at Christ Church College.
For a time, Debra branched into casting where she developed her own casting company working with independent films, commercials, and print. Major films also used her services for location casting including MAN WITHOUT A FACE, IN THE BEDROOM, and EMPIRE FALLS. She has also worked as a First Assistant Director on projects including, BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, shot in Maine and Florida. Debra was a founding member of The Maine Film & Video Association, serving as Treasurer for 3 years, and has held Governors King, Baldacci, and LaPage’s appointed position on the Maine Film Commission Board since 2002, serving as chair for several of those years.
Debra, a member of SAG-AFTRA, recently returned to her passion of acting. Recent credits include THE CONGRESSMAN with Treat Williams, THE UNION, ANALOGUE (lead role), and Academy Award winner, Ernest Thompson’s new feature, TIME AND CHARGES. Current theater credits include AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THREE VIEWINGS, THE SECRET OF COMEDY, SUGAR BEAN SISTERS, THUMBS, as well as sketch and improv shows.
Debra has 12 years experience as an on-camera commercial/film acting coach through her casting company as well as through The Junior Theatre Group, a community outreach program, at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, England, The Maine Film Commission, and at schools and colleges as a guest at SMTVI, the University of Maine at Orono, and several high schools.
Currently, Debra splits her time between Maine and New York City. She has co-written the screenplay, ROSES ON THE LAKE, and is now raising funds to produce it, hopefully to shoot in the summer of 2016 in Maine.
Name: Debra Lord Cooke
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Acting Teacher, Actor, Casting Director, Film Commissioner, Producer and Screenwriter
Film by Robert Mrazek (Drama) Actress Maine Congressman Charlie Winship has had a bad day. After being caught on video failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member, confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to a remote island in the Atlantic whose eccentric inhabitants are in the middle of a shooting war over their fishing grounds. Treat Williams stars as The Congressman in this humorous and moving film that raises the important question of what it means to be an American. Written by Lisa Marantz
Film by Alvin Case (Drama, Music and Sci-Fi) Actress A displaced and insular harpsichordist is struggling to come to terms with a dead lover who appears to him regularly as a vivid apparition.
Film by Ari Taub (Action, Comedy and Romance) Actress Jack Anderson's life's in pieces; his father's in jail, his girlfriend dumped him and he can't afford the last semester of law school. His friend Gino, a fellow law student, gets him a loan from a local car dealer, and to double their money, they gamble everything. But when a sure thing falls through, Jack's left with a debt with the mob that will be hard to repay. Marrying the car dealer's illegal immigrant girlfriend may be the only way out. Written by Ari Taub
Film by Jeremy Thibodeau (Comedy and Drama) Actress A solitary yet charming bartender working a wedding reception is pulled into a series of complicated family issues after befriending the bride's impulsive sister.
Film (short) by Yi Zhong (Drama) Actress Joanne is about to make a decision which she will regret forever.
The Five O'Clock
Film (short) by David Scott (Drama and Mystery) Actress During a regular early morning appointment, a custodian works the spotlight for a middle-age dancer on an old forgotten stage. Having never breached the distance between them, the custodian seeks a closer relationship with the dancer, and she finally sees him for the first time. Written by Anonymous
Time and Charges
Film by Ernest Thompson (Comedy and Drama) Actress Jeremiah Ward, a hot shot New York money manager, turns off the highway, straight into his past. In rural New Hampshire, he discovers confusing clues and ghostly reminders of not only people he knew forty years ago, but of the person he once was: an idealist, a visionary, whose clarity grew dimmer with each acquisition and every brilliant move on the career chess board. Exit 22-A seems to represent a portal connecting him with the values and virtue left behind, but it turns out to be much more. Melody, the daughter he never knew, has created the entire artifice, the road map and the cast of characters, determined to test Jeremiah's true convictions and to change his life. And, in doing so, saves it. Written by Anonymous
Forgive and Forget
Film (short) by Zoé Salicrup-Junco (Drama and Family) Actress The always dependable daughter, Delia, must decide: will she continue her care-taking responsibilities with her mentally decaying mother, or will she finally choose to chase her dreams?
Part Four: Dolores del Rio
Film (short) by Octavio Hinojosa (Drama) Actress Matt and Catherine are two codependent siblings. Their tumultuous relationship is ever affected by Matt's obsession with screen siren Dolores del Rio. When Catherine brings home her romantic interest, Susie, she develops a stronger bond with Matt and Catherine starts feeling left out. Written by Hinoma Films
Film by Nancy Meyers (Comedy and Romance) Actress During his son's college graduation, Jane hooks up with her ex-husband, Jake, who's married to a younger woman. As if being your ex's mistress isn't tough enough, Jane also finds herself drawn to Adam, a smitten architect. Written by Anonymous
Blood, Sweat, & Brando
Video by John Hedlund (Drama) Actress A troubled man, raised only by his mother, leaves town on a journey to find his father who he determines is Marlon Brando.
Film by Douglas Chang (Drama) Actress Abigail is a typical teenager. When an angel tells her she's been chosen to have God's child, her first instinct is to look for a way out. Family and friends aren't much help: Mom is too fed up with her to listen, her stepfather can't understand her, her real father has moved on. And her boyfriend has begun to suspect her of cheating on him. Eventually she abandons her comfortable middle-class life for the streets of Boston, where she hooks up with a group of runaways led by the enigmatic Sultan. But just when a new kind of happiness starts to feel within reach, Abigail suddenly finds herself more alone than ever. Drawing on Dreyer, Godard and "Joan of Arcadia," Absent Father is a meditation on love, freedom, and the quest for grace in a complicated, often chaotic world. Written by Douglas Chang
Film (short) by Mikel Rueda (Comedy, Drama and Family) Actress The Present Perfect tense is the modal verb that describes the present as a consecuence from a past action.
Television by Irna Phillips (Drama) Actress Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, Chamberlains, and Lewises, along with the working class Reardons and others, took their own places of prominence, though the Bauers remained the heart of the show. Written by Anonymous
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Television (Comedy) Actress
Television (Drama and Romance) Casting department A drama that swoops in on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine, and lifetime resident Miles Roby, who's run the town's top restaurant for some twenty years. Miles is surrounded by his newly thin wife, meddling father, and hostile boss. Written by Anonymous
Baby It's Cold Outside
Film by Polly Bennell (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A woman from the tropics meets and marries a man from northern Maine and moves there in winter.
A Stranger Within
Video by Lawrence Ferrara (Thriller) Actress Released after five years of institutionalization for a crime he doesn't remember committing, Danny, with the body of a man and the mind of a child, lives in the care of his older brother, Bill. Bill's increasingly bizarre behavior goes unnoticed by Danny, who is preoccupied with the fear of being separated from him by the growing demands of Bill's girlfriend, Sarah. Danny is further distracted by a newfound attraction to Suzy, a woman with her own questionable past. As Bill further succumbs to a descent into deviance, his actions threaten himself and those around him. Will Danny finally awaken to the truth of his own forgotten past and Bill's inner demons and be able to stop him before it's too late? Written by Anonymous
Film by Roy Finch (Drama) Casting department In the film, "Wake", the fateful reunion of four brothers quickly dissolves into a night of drinking, deceit, perversions, and death. They don't realize until it is too late that the party they are having is, in fact, a wake. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Matthew Page Actress, Casting director Trish, a neurotic woman, with bladder control problems and phone phobia realizes the sham of her marriage when her bladder, which has always been her nemesis, becomes her savior.
Film by Josiah Emery (Romance) Casting department A young man has to confront his troubled relationship with his estranged father to be able to move forward with his life and fiancee.
Television (History and Sci-Fi) Casting department
In the Bedroom
Film by Todd Field (Crime and Drama) Casting department In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. Written by Bryan Way
Follow Me Outside
Film by John F. Sullivan (Thriller) Casting department
Film by David Kantar (Comedy, Drama, Music and Romance) Casting department Suffering from stage fright, a talented and shy violinist learns to conquer his fears with the help of a woman.
Storm of the Century
Television (Drama, Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Casting department A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives the residents havoc. He knows everything about them, and when he tells the truth about one of them, that person denies it. The town constable, Mike Anderson, tries to keep everyone in check with the huge storm and Linoge. Linoge keeps telling the people, "Give me what I want and I will go away"... Written by Pat McCurry <email@example.com>
Film by Matthew Page Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Film by Adam Coleman Howard (Thriller and Drama) Casting department A bickering couple drive fast through a downpour to catch the last ferry to their island retreat. In a flash, they recognize a crumpled body laying at the side of the road after much argument they stop, only to find a young boy battered and bruised. An offer of summoning the police firmly rejected, the two help the boy as best they can although it certainly means missing the ferry... and so starts this thriller: a tale of twisted sexual attraction and ulterior motives. Written by Anonymous
The Myth of Fingerprints
Film by Bart Freundlich (Drama and Comedy) Casting department An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for thanks giving. Written by Jonathan Fox
The Man Without a Face
Film by Mel Gibson (Drama) Casting department The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was incinerated and for which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He is also suspected of being a pedophile. He is befriended by Chuck, igniting the town's suspicion and hostility. McLeod instills in his protégé a love of justice and freedom from prejudice which sustains Chuck beyond the end of the film. Written by Mike McBain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nominated for a 2015 NEABO - Best Dramatic Actress From Analogue Clip
Christ Church College, Canterbury, England - Television and Film Production
University of Maine at Orono - Psychology - BA
IAU - British Studies Center - Theatre
Colby College (Waterville, ME)