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

I recently published The Flannery List, a list of 200+ plays/musicals that deal in an interesting way with faith, religion, or spirituality, which was picked up by American Theatre magazine. To access the full list, visit flannerylist.com.

I served as the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Artist Connection, a non-profit organization which connects and supports Catholic artists.

I have also served as the Managing Director of Open Window Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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.

Even if I cannot always respond, I always bring prayer requests to our Lord. You may submit a prayer request below.

Yours in Christ,

Cole

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