Mark Cole

Professor of Theatre

mark cole

Mark Cole received his BA in Theatre from SUNY Oswego and his MFA in Performance from New York University's School of the Arts. Hired at SUNY Oswego in 1979, he teaches courses in acting, directing, theatre history and oral interpretation. His directing credits at Oswego include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Peer Gynt, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Other directing credits include productions for Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, the Sterling Renaissance Festival, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and Cayuga Community College. He is the author of several plays including Pining and Needles and The Photographer's Nightmare (both produced by Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse), The Glass Coffin: a ghost story (produced at SUNY Oswego), On the Terrace of the Pontiac Hotel (read in a new play festival at the Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca) and The Mandorla (produced at Jazz Central, Syracuse) for which he was also co-lyricist.  His one person play about Edgar Allan Poe, Poe/Play has been performed at the Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, and Theatre Ten Ten in New York City, and in Theatres and High Schools in Syracuse, Binghamton, Baltimore (East Central Theatre Conference), New Jersey and Oswego. A revised version of Poe/Play was produced at the Etcetera Theatre in London as part of a one-person play festival in 1996. He appeared as Lawrence in his play An Evening with Alan and Lawrence and as Will in his adaptation of 28 sonnets of Shakespeare titled Take All My Loves (developed in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Murphy), both produced by Studio 24 in Syracuse. Recently he played Rev. Sholdeur in the independent film Impossible Choice, produced by Media Artists.