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My mission is to serve the spiritual and professional needs of artists, especially my fellow Catholic artists here in NYC.

I am the co-founder (with Emily C.A. Snyder) of the Catholic Artist Connection. We publish a free weekly email newsletter sharing opportunities and events for Catholic artists, run quarterly artist retreats, and maintain a list of spiritual directors for artists.

I am also the Programming Associate at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, where I run the Catholic artist residency program, help produce theater and talks (including the annual Sheen Center Theater Festival), and co-curate theater rentals.

I am one of the founding members of Our Lady of Harlem Artist House, a community of Catholic artist men living together in central Harlem. I serve 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 am a parishioner of St. Malachy’s – The Actors’ Chapel.

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 a BA(Hons) 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. I previously served on faculty and staff at CAP21 Conservatory/Molloy College.

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 (regularly since 2014), Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology, CUNY, 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. Highlights include a role in the 2018 Woody Allen movie, 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