Director, Theatre Artist
Cole Lewis is a director, writer, and performer from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada with a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre Program and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where she studied playwriting. She is a recipient of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award for 2013-2014, the J.B.C. Watkins Award for 2011 and has had her work with Suitcase In Point featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Issue 143.
She is a founding member of St Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase In Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development. As an Artistic Associate of SIP for ten years, Cole worked on 23 original cabarets and directed 6 original productions. These include BeWearing Wolf, at Harbourfront Hatch Festival in Toronto, as well as Emily Chesley, at SummerWorks Festival in Toronto and the Dora Award nominated Keith Richards: A One Woman Show that has undergone a national tour in Canada.
At Yale Rep in the U.S.A, she has served as Assistant Director to Sam Gold on the world premiere production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. For Yale Cabaret Cole devised both AGMI and Deriviatives, and directed both Carole Frechette's The Small Room At The Top Of The Stairs and the sold-out production of Marius Von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One. She revisited AGMI in 2014 and toured it to ArsNova's AntFest in NYC. Her Yale School of Drama productions include Mexico Play by Kate Tarker, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Hansol Jung's Cardboard Piano.
Most recently, Cole Lewis launched a new company, Guilty by Association. Under the banner of this company she redeveloped AGMI and in 2014 toured it to ArsNova's AntFest in NYC. She directed Antigonick by Anne Carson at the 2014 SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto, Ontario for which Cole won the Theatre Centre's Award for Emerging Artist and was nominated for Best Directing by My World Entertainment. in 2015, she developed Moderato Cantabile for Toronto's 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival. It was a Now Magazine Pick for Best Ensemble. Cole Lewis is currently working on several projects including revisiting her production of Antigonick, writing a new play about women and power, developing a puppet play about depression for children and experimenting with her students on design and creation at Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts.