WELCOME to the online home of Gary D. Cole, author of the novel Black Box and the memoir Artless as well as theater entrepreneur, producer, and playwright.   We invite you to learn about Gary and his books, both of which explore the power, pleasure, and pain of the performing arts.  Gary is committed to supporting high school theater programs chosen to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival, which enables students to perform at the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.   

Praise for Gary’s Books

Black Box is a nicely paced tale, told with insight and affection for both the theater and the suspense genre – a nifty mash-up of Ibsen, Shakespeare, and Mickey Spillane.”

Paul Frellick, Deep Dish Theater Company Artistic Director


“His unforgettably honest and eye-opening memoir, Artless, is an engrossing encounter [and a] stunning read ….”  Leonard Jacobs, Backstage


A “fascinating story ….”  The Oregonian (reviewing Artless)