Goodbye and good luck, Cole Lewis

Bittersweet news for the SCA. The Theatre Performance area's Cole Lewis, who joined the SCA in 2015, is now an Associate Professor (Acting) in the School of Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto. We will miss her energy, criticality, and experimentalism. Check out her new Faculty page here, and here's her bio from our site:

Cole Lewis is a director, writer, and performer from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada with a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre Program and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where she studied playwriting. She is a recipient of the The Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award at SummerWorks Performance Festival for 2014, the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award for 2013-2014, the J.B.C. Watkins Award for 2011 and has had her work with Suitcase In Point featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Issue 143.

She is a founding member of St Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase in Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development. As an Artistic Associate of SIP for ten years, Cole worked on 23 original cabarets and directed 6 original productions. These include BeWearing Wolf, at Harbourfront Hatch Festival in Toronto, as well as Emily Chesley, at SummerWorks Festival in Toronto and the Dora Award nominated Keith Richards: A One Woman Show at Fixt Point in Toronto. 

Cole Lewis has also launched a new company, Guilty by Association, an international ring of interdisciplinary theatremakers. With them, she devises design-driven storytelling to advance what the “little world” of theatre has to offer the larger world we live in. Their first devised piece, AGMI, was developed at ArsNova’s AntFest in New York City. Antigonick by Anne Carson premiered at SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto. With them, Cole Lewis is currently developing Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras and several other devised projects.

Other teaching work includes an Instructor position at Brock University to teach Playwriting at Brock University and workshops across Canada.