Austin, Texas native Christiana Cole is a singer, actress, writer and composer. 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 sold-out limited run at 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 lyricist in the BMI Advanced Workshop, Christiana is currently writing lyrics for her second commission from Interlakes Theatre, a children’s show based on the book Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border, with music by Brad Ross (Little by Little) and book by Jill Santopolo, and a song cycle about space, time, quantum mechanics, and love, with composer Rick Bassett. Christiana and Rick were nominated for a MAC award for their song “Way, Way Back.”
Christiana was featured storyteller on NPR’s The Moth, where she told a story about a creepy thing she did when she was eight. Christiana is on the voice faculty at the New York Film Academy, and also 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.