John A. Cole formally trained in theatre in the late 1990’s, as well as spending most of his childhood completing numerous drama exams through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). In October 2018 he completed the IOSH Safety Passport provided by BECTU and Creative Skillset and is registered on the IOSH Central Database.
In early 2000 he took up traveling with twelve months Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Japan and then a few year later spent six months traveling Australia. Due to this he never really had the chance to make a career in the theatre industry but has always kept in a keen interest.
He attends many performances across the country and in May 2018 he began writing reviews, you can read his first by clicking here. If you would like John to review your work please click here for more information.
John keeps his hand in by volunteering in his local Art Centre in Somerset. Before moving to Somerset in late 2017 he was Chair of Evesham Arts Association, as well an active volunteer both on technical and front of house teams at Evesham Arts Centre.
In 2017 the idea for a brand new format for a The Great Show on Earth aims to raise important funds for the industry world-wide while bringing theatre back to the centre of community. You can read more about the project by clicking here, and you can sign up to newsletters by clicking here.
The beginning of 2018 he took up writing seriously, starting by posting weekly on this blog, then in March of the same year started writing his first novel with an intention of publication in 2020.
John also writes a series called, The Life Experience Journal in which he shares some of his experiences from wearing hearing aids to finding the right volunteer work when going abroad, click here to view.
John is a full member of UK Theatres and BECTU. He is also a Friend of The Theatre Trust, the organisation that compiles the theatres at risk register in the UK. In July 2018 he will have a small amount of staging available for hire in the Somerset area (More information from: The Website or The Facebook Page).
John writes a monthly newsletter to inspire and help encourage a writers community. It is called the Writer’s Toolkit Newsletter, you can click here to subscribe.
You can connect to John through social media by seaching for JohnAColeWrites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.