Monty Cole is a director based in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Cole is a new work director who has workshopped and directed new plays and re-imaginings of classic text across the country.

He has directed for Center Theatre Group (How to Raise a Freeman at the LA Writers Workshop Fest), The Goodman Theatre (florissant & canfield at the New Stages Festival), Victory Gardens Theater (end of message and Suspension at the Ignition Festival of New Plays and The Gospel of Lovingkindness tour), Cape Cod Theatre Project and Alley Theatre All New Festival (end of message), American Theatre Company (The Project(s) with the Youth Ensemble and Black Like Me workshop), The House Theatre of Chicago (Borealis, Ogalala workshop and Thatcher Woods workshop) the Chicago Theater Marathon (That Unnamed Feeling) California Institute of the Arts (Bayou Blues, Harold, Rain River Ocean, Kiss) and others. Cole directed the Jeff Award winning production of The Hairy Ape for Oracle Productions. He recently directed a critically acclaimed production of Hamlet at the Gift Theatre in Chicago.

He’s currently commissioned to adapt Black Like Me, the classic investigation of race by John Howard Griffin. Monty is also working with collaborator and choreographer Breon Arzell on revitalizing In Dahomey, the first black written and performed Broadway musical, for the Center for New Performance. Up next, Cole will direct Kiss by Guillermo Calderon at Haven Theatre Company, The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Monty is currently finishing his MFA Directing degree at the California Institute of the Arts.