Coppin in LyreBird (Tales of Helpmann) at the Sydney Opera House
|Born||Tyler Jon Coppin
9 November 1956
|Occupation||Actor, Playwright, American Dialect Coach|
|Years active||1980 - present|
Childhood and education
Coppin was born in Roseville, California, the second child of Ron and Gayle Coppin. He was raised in the Sacramento suburbs of Rancho Cordova and Carmichael, California. The Coppin family are also long-term residents of Stinson Beach, California. Coppin attended Rio Americano High School and California State University, Sacramento before migrating to Australia aged nineteen where he attended and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He now divides his time between the United States and Australia after residing in Sydney for many years working in theatre, film and television. In 2001 Coppin temporarily moved to Melbourne with Jane Borghesi where the couple married in 2006. They have one son.
He became an Australian citizen in 1993.
His many stage appearances include The Child Catcher in the Australian national production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Robert Helpmann in his one-man play Lyrebird: Tales of Helpmann, and Puck in the acclaimed Opera Australia production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Baz Luhrmann with set and costumes by Catherine Martin. In 1989, at the request of playwright Patrick White he played the role of the Young Man in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Ham Funeral, directed by Neil Armfield.
His television appearances include Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.
In 2011 Coppin appeared in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of A Behanding in Spokane by playwright Martin McDonagh, and in 2006/07 as Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for which he wrote additional material.
He has also narrated several audiobooks of the American children's TV series Bear in the Big Blue House released by ABC For Kids.
Playwright and writer
- Lyrebird: Tales of Helpmann - Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, City of London Festival, Australia, New Zealand, United States;
- Buzz - co-written with Warren Coleman, Belvoir (theatre);
- The Minutiae of Inertia - Melbourne Fringe Festival 2005;
- Happy Feet - contributing writer
- Strictly Ballroom - play, contributing writer.
- Edinburgh Fringe First Award for Lyrebird: Tales of Helpmann
- Helpmann Awards, Best Supporting Actor for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Green Room Awards, Best Supporting Actor for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (musical)
- Joyce Morgan, "The Transformer", Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 1999, Spectrum, p. 3s
-  Tyler Coppin's website for General American Accent Training
- Tyler Coppin at the Internet Movie Database
-  - Interview with Tyler Coppin about solo show "The Minutiae of Inertia"
-  Financial Times (UK) article/interview with Tyler Coppin
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