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 Steppenwolf (The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney), Center Theatre Group (Campaign by Laura Jacqmin and How to Raise a Freeman by Zakiyyah Alexander at the LA Writers Workshop Fest), The Goodman Theatre (Incendiary by Dave Harris and florissant & canfield by Kristiana Rae Colon at the New Stages Festival), Victory Gardens Theater (end of message by Laura Jacqmin and Suspension by Kristiana Rae Colon 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), Haven (Kiss by Guillermo Calderon) the Chicago Theater Marathon (That Unnamed Feeling by Alysia and Monty Cole) 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. Last year, he directed the 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 Black Odyssey by Marcus Gardley at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Monty has a BFA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College and an MFA Directing degree from the California Institute of the Arts.