Martha Cooney, Founder and Director

Martha grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania on a Mayor’s Scholarship. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from City College New York, where she studied Educational Theater and focused her research on children’s storytelling. Martha founded StoryUP! after years spent working as a preschool teacher, teaching artist, and director/instructor in camp, after-school, and family literacy programs. She created StoryUP! to celebrate the space where play and improvisation meet literacy education. Martha lives in Philadelphia, has published a variety of work for children and also performs as a comedian and storyteller.


 StoryUP! Performers