Benjamin ColeDirector of Theatre School Education & Outreach

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    Benjamin Cole is proud to lead as the Director of Theatre School Education and Outreach for North Coast Repertory Theatre. With over 20 years of professional acting experience, Ben has been seen on stage locally at The Old Globe, The La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre and many others. Some directing credits for the Theatre School @ North Coast Rep include: Julius Caesar, Island of the Blue Dolphins, We Will Rock You Young@Part Edition, The Inspector General, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Neverending Story, The Tempest, Animal Farm, Beat Bugs JV, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Three Musketeers, The Comedy of Errors, She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer’s Edition, Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part Edition, The Snow Queen, The Gorilla, Cymbeline, Yo, Vikings!, The Little Prince, The Giver, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, The Mousetrap, MacbethTwelfth NightKnuffle Bunny (A Cautionary Musical), All’s Well That Ends Well, and Romeo and Juliet. You may have seen Ben on stage in Professional Theatre for Families productions of: Christmas ToyshopYou’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownSleeping Beauty; and A Year With Frog and Toad. He has also appeared in NCRT productions of: How the Other Half Loves, Travels With My Aunt, Way Downriver; William Faulkner’s ‘Old Man’BetrayalFaded Glory; and Who Am I This Time?. In addition to his work at NCRT, he is an adjunct professor of Theatre at Grossmont College. Before coming to San Diego, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University where he taught over 200 students each semester in courses on Shakespeare, Stage Combat, and much more. Ben earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University, his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from Central Michigan University, and studied acting through New York University in Ireland. He has experience acting, teaching, directing, and fight choreographing all over the country including work with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He is also an actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and Dueling Arts International, and regularly fight choreographs at local professional theaters and colleges. Check out our Theatre School @ North Coast Rep website for classes and upcoming student productions: