Nora Cole is a veteran performing artist of the New York City theatre community, having performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, throughout the United States, and around the world.
Nora grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where she trained and performed with a diverse set of groups, including the Louisville Children’s Theatre (Stage One), the West Side Players, and Louisville Shakespeare in the Park. Nora completed her undergraduate work at Beloit College and the Chicago before earning a BFA from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nora’s curriculum vitae is, I must say, downright impressive. Nora’s Voices of the Spirits in My Soul, based in part on her Kentucky family slave history, received critical acclaim at the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival and was invited to perform an encore performance for the festival’s twentieth anniversary in 2009. Nora too is a writer, having penned her first solo show Olivia’s Opus, an ode to adolescence.
Nora has been honored by many organizations; she is is an alumna of the renowned women’s writing retreat Hedgebrook and has been recognized by the TCG Fox Foundation Resident Artist Fellowship, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Women in Music, and the Spencer Cherashore Fund.