Austin, Texas native Christiana Cole is an award-winning singer, actress, writer and composer. She was recently seen performing as Big Alison in Fun Home at TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) and she is frequently seen in concerts, workshops and productions around New York City. Christiana and her collaborator, composer Rona Siddiqui, were chosen for the Prospect Theatre Lab’s 2017 Worldviews Concert. Their musical “Make the Earth Great” was produced at the Times Center.
Christiana moved to New York to study opera at the Manhattan School of Music. While in school, Christiana began sneaking into composition classes, and convinced the registrar to let her cross-register at Columbia University, where she studied creative writing. Christiana’s first full-scale work was “Bombshell Baby,” a musical about a drag queen who fights Nazis. (Christiana wrote book/lyrics and co-wrote the music with Rachel Felstein.) “Bombshell Baby” was presented in a run at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in July 2012.
The New York Times called Christiana Cole “top-notch.” Christiana has performed at the York Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, 54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, the Queens Theatre, The Labyrinth Theatre Company, and with the Transport Group. She starred as Laurie Partridge in the Off-Broadway comedy “The Bardy Bunch.” As a writer in the BMI Musical Theatre Writers Workshop, Christiana is currently composing (book/lyrics/music-ing) a new song cycle called Republicana. Republicana is a compassionate but unflinching exploration of Republicans today.
Christiana has written a number of musicals for children. In the summer of 2017, Peanut Butter and Cupcake (based on the children’s book by Terry Border) was produced at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire. Christiana wrote lyrics, with music by Brad Ross (Little by Little) and book by Jill Santopolo.
Christiana is a past winner of THE MOTH on NPR (storytelling) and Tune in Time at the York Theatre (speed-writing a song in 20 minutes). Christiana maintains a private voice studio. (You can read about her teaching philosophy, rates, etc on the Voice Lessons page.) Christiana plays piano, accordion, and a little ukulele. She lives in Williamsburg with her husband Aaron Phillips and their giant goldfish, Lou Rawls. She is obsessed with pigs, and has an adopted rescue pig named Sleepy who lives at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.