Jonathan Cole

Associate Professor of Theatre
Specialty: Theatre History, Directing, Acting, Stage Combat

Jonathan is an artist and scholar with a particular love for collaborative theatre creation.

He has worked throughout the Midwest and the Northwest as a director, actor, fight choreographer and composer. He is a Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher and holds Advanced Actor/Combatant status with distinction. He also co-owns Revenge Arts Stage Combat, one of the largest stage combat companies in the United States. He holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu from the Salem Budokai under Bob Parksion and Al Elfstrom, and also holds rank in Aikido and two styles of Judo.

Recent directing credits include Woyceck, Shoebox Shakespeare, The Game of Love and Chance, Raised in Captivity, Cupid & Psyche, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Nicholas Nickleby, the dreamer examines his pillow, and Hot 'n' Throbbing. Recent fight direction includes God of Carnage, As You Like It, Fortinbras, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Othello, Burn This, The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, Sueño, Marisol, Big Love, Macbeth, Nicholas Nickleby, and Hot 'n' Throbbing. Jonathan's directing and fight choreography portfolios can be viewed at

Jonathan has presented numerous conference papers and workshops. His scholarly work has also been published in Theatre Topics and The Fight Master. He has particular interest in theatre pedagogy; most particularly directing and acting pedagogy.

Jonathan holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts with emphasis in directing pedagogy and an M.S. with emphasis in acting pedagogy from the University of Oregon as well as bachelor's degrees in Theatre and Music from Dickinson State University.


Cole, Jonathan. Bobrauschenbergamerica, Willamette University Theatre. 2015. Director.

Cole, Jonathan. We Are Proud to Present..., Kevin Jones, Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland, OR. 2016. Fight Choreographer.

Cole, Jonathan. American Hero. Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland, OR. 2016. Choreographer.

Cole, Jonathan. Trevor. Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland, OR. 2016. Choreographer.

Cole, Jonathan. Macbeth. Willamette University Theatre. 2017. Director and Choreographer.

Cole, Jonathan. The Talented Ones. Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland, OR. 2017. Choreographer.

Cole, Jonathan. Feathers and Teeth. Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland, OR. 2017. Choreographer.