Cooper was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, where as a kid he would watch hours of movies on TCM with his grandma. She would snore, and he would sit there and dream of what he could do to become an actor. He started tap-dancing when he was 8, and trained with Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, and Jason Samuels Smith. He soon started doing musicals and film work, and would visit local elementary schools to perform and teach. One of his favorite experiences was choreographing Singin’ in the Rain at the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, MT, in which he also played Cosmo Brown. He has performed in South Korea, in Brazil with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and just recently in Austria where he and his wife performed a devised theatre piece. Cooper has also been a city forester, BYU dance instructor, and went through the Paleontology Certification program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He will graduate with a BFA in Acting in April.