Monty Cole: Theatre and Film writer-director from Oak Park, IL.

Monty has directed for Steppenwolf, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Victory Gardens Theater, the Center for New Performance, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Alley Theatre and others. His re-interpretations of classics from Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape to Hamlet have received awards and critical praise in Chicago. As a new play director, he’s directed staged readings, workshops and world premieres across the country.

As a writer, Monty’s plays include American Teenager (a commission from the Goodman Theatre) and Black Like Me, an adaptation of the 1961 novel currently in development with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. 

Cole has directed three short films:  SIX FEET APART by Isaac Gomez; SONS OF TOLEDO, written by Cole and Matt Foss; and his own short, WHOLE, based on his childhood in Oak Park. In 2020, Cole began development on his first feature film with a workshop of the script at the Center for New Performance. His next collaboration with Gomez is LA VUELTA, an anthology web series produced by Teatro Vista.

SONS OF TOLEDO will be featured in the upcoming Award Winning Short Film screenings at The Carr Center Performance Studio on Saturday, December 17th, 7:30 pm

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