_MG_9202My mission is to serve the spiritual and professional needs of artists.

I am currently in the process of founding a religious community for artists in the Roman Catholic Church, tentatively called the Servants of Christ in Beauty. To that end, I am visiting different religious communities to see where I can do my own initial religious formation. You can follow that journey here.

If you would like to submit a prayer request for me to keep in prayer during this journey, you may do so below:

If you’d like more information about the Servants of Christ in Beauty, complete the form below, and I’ll send you the most current draft of the vision for the community and update you as things progress:

If you’d like to help support this project, you can contribute in the following ways:

1) Make a one-time or recurring donation via PayPal:

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2) Become a recurring donor on Patreon:

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Please note that donations are not tax-deductible.

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I also serve as the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Artist Connection, a non-profit organization which connects and supports Catholic artists. We publish a free weekly email newsletter sharing opportunities and events, run quarterly artist retreats, and maintain Catholic Artists NYC, a digital hub to connect artists moving to NYC with local Catholic arts communities.

I recently served as the Managing Director of Open Window Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, and still serve on its Advisory Board. Before that, I worked as a Programming Associate at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in NYC, where I ran the Catholic artist residency program, helped produce theater and talks (including the annual Sheen Center Theater Festival), and co-curated theater rentals. I was also one of the founding members of Our Lady of Harlem Artist House, a community of Catholic artist men living together in central Harlem. I served on the Advisory Board of Turn to Flesh Productions, which presents new plays on modern themes in classical styles, and on the Manhattan Young Adult Council of the Archdiocese of New York. I also served on faculty and staff at CAP21 Conservatory/Molloy College, teaching Musical Theatre History and coordinating the CAP21 side of the Molloy B.F.A. program.

I received my Ph.D. in Divinity from the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. I also hold an M.A. in Theology from the University of Oxford and a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where I received my training from Playwrights Horizons Theater School and Stonestreet Film & T.V. Studio.

I am a former Vice-President of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and have been an editor for Transpositions, the Journal of Inklings Studies, and Second Spring: A Journal of Faith & Culture. Other publications include HowlRoundThe Wayand Mythprint. I have been a guest speaker at Juilliard, Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology, the City University of New York, the New York, Southern California, and Oxford C.S. Lewis Societies, and numerous other schools and groups.

I have produced and performed in theatre and film in both the U.S. and U.K., and am a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Highlights include acting with Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet in Woody Allen’s 2019 film A Rainy Day in New York, working on a new musical with Tony Award winner Baayork Lee, producing an epic fantasy adventure at the Edinburgh Fringe, and starring as Nate Bingley in the indie geek comedy film Rise of the Fellowship.

You can always email me here.

Yours in Christ,

Cole