director, theatre-maker, human-being



I write and direct plays.


Cole Lewis is a writer and director from St. Catharines, Ontario. She is the Artistic Director of Guilty by Association and has a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama.

Most recently she directed Redshift Music Society’s Still Life Continuum at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, conceived and directed these violent delights at SummerWorks, Moderato Cantabile at SummerWorks, and AGMI at ArsNova’s AntFest. Select directing credits include Anne Carson’s Antigonick at SummerWorks, Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano at Carlotta Festival, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and The Visit at Yale School of Drama. She originated the direction and co-wrote Suitcase in Point’s Dora nominated Keith Richards: A One Woman Show.

Upcoming projects include writing/directing 1991 presented by Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project through her company Guilty by Association, adapting Kyo Maclear’s Virginia Wolf for a 2020 TYA production to be announced soon, and writing/directing Untitled Nurse Project with a seed commission from Stratford Festival.


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Some selected accolades


Best Production, Direction, Design, Ensemble nod from Now Magazine 2017

Best Ensemble nod from Now Magazine 2015

Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award at SummerWorks 2014

Best Direction nomination from MyEntertainment World 2014

Dora Award nomination for Best Touring Production 2014

1989 Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award 2013

J.B.C Watkins Award 2011

Work with Suitcase in Point featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Issue 143.