About me

May Kay Cook

I'm a storyteller at heart, in various forms:


Emmy® award-winning film producer, with credits spanning multiple mediums, including features, short films, documentaries, web series, and music videos. My work has been featured at film festivals, on television, and online.


As a production professional, I have 10+ years experience producing creative content. I've crafted hundreds of commercials and branded content spots for a wide variety of clients, from local Chicago businesses to global Fortune 500 companies - all on time & on budget.

I started my storytelling career as an actress, and still enjoy performing. I graduated with honors from The Theatre School, DePaul University; there, in addition to classical technique, I learned how to deeply empathize with all kinds of characters. That laid a strong foundation for my work as a producer as well: crafting a strong story arc, while getting to the heart of the story, and communicating the emotional truth.

I've had the good fortune to apply that knowledge and experience in my favorite realm: writing and directing. Creating content is the most exciting opportunity of all, and I'm proud to share these talents on my storytelling journey.


Active in the creative community, I serve as the President of the Midwest Film Festival Advisory Council, and am a member of Women In Film, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

My passions include: traveling the world, human & animal rights, reading & writing, and my daily yoga & meditation practice.

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