Christiana Cole is a classically-trained opera singer who learned how to belt. She teaches voice lessons, writes musicals (book, lyrics and music), and performs regularly at venues across New York.
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, the O’Neill Theatre Center, with the Transport Group, and she cantors four Catholic Masses a week at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (plus all the weddings and funerals). She was recently seen as Big Alison in Fun Home at TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR). She can currently be seen as one of Tony-winner Joanna Gleason’s three backup singers in her cabaret show “Out of the Eclipse.”
Christiana is a winner of NPR’s The MOTH Story Slam, was featured on The MOTH GrandSlam, where she told a story about a weird thing she did when she was 8.
Christiana is a featured vocalist on the soundtrack of the Sundance selection The Farewell, starring the rapper Awkwafina.
Christiana has written a number of musicals for children, including “Peanut Butter and Cupcake” (based on the children’s book by Terry Border) which was produced at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire. Christiana wrote lyrics, with music by Brad Ross (Little by Little) and book by best-selling author Jill Santopolo (The Light We Lost).
Christiana moved from Austin, Texas to New York to study opera at the Manhattan School of Music. But while she was 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.
Christiana is a member of the BMI Workshop (advanced songwriting workshop and the inaugural “bookwriting basics” class). She is currently writing a musical called “Republicana” about a young woman who lies to her community about her new boyfriend’s shady past in order to preserve her reputation.
Christiana has taught voice lessons for over a decade. In addition to her private studio, Christiana has been a guest lecturer on performance and public speaking at Columbia University and on the private voice faculty at the New York Film Academy Musical Theater Conservatory.
Christiana’s Christmas album “A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major streaming platforms. She has a chihuahua/dachshund mix (aka “chiweenie”) named Millie and a husband named Aaron Phillips.