Jonathan Cole (He/Him/His)

Fight Director, Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor

Jonathan (he/him/his) is a Fight Director, Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor, and has worked throughout the country as a director, actor and fight director. Jonathan routinely offers SPT classes through Willamette University, and offers a variety of stage combat and theatrical firearms classes on demand in the Portland metro area. He is also available for private training.

Jonathan is a Resident Artist and the Resident Fight Choreographer at Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre (LORT). Jonathan's choreography has also been seen at Portland Center Stage, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Shakespeare Project and Profile Theatre.

Jon is an avid martial artist, and trains in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Kodokan Judo concurrently at the Salem Budokai. He holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and a brown belt in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. He holds intermediate rank in Shingu Aikido, Zen Judo and Kodokan Judo. He has cross trained in Kosho Ryu Kenpo, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Arnis, Jodo, Tanto Jitsu, Hojo Jitsu, Aikiken, Aikibo and western wrestling and boxing. He has experience as a practical shooting competitor (USPSA) and has studied defensive handgun strategy and technique, most recently with the Jacobe Group. He has trained in Bram Frank‚Äôs Modular Knife system, and has completed defensive knife and extreme close quarters handgun training with CSSDSC founder Bram Frank and CSSDSC instructor Greg Beeman. He has also garnered close quarters combatives and in-extremis knife experience with internationally known Defensive Tactics instructor Craig Douglas (aka SouthNarc) of ShivWorks. 

Jonathan is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

Jonathan holds bachelor's degrees in Theatre and in Music; a master's degree in Acting Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Directing Pedagogy. He is Theatre Department Chair and a tenured Associate Professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he regularly teaches Directing, Solo Performance, Theatre Literature, Theatre History, Acting and Stage Combat.

Jonathan is proud to be a Full Member Director/Choreographer with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.   

Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Willamette University

Dec 17, 2008 Single Sword Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass
Dec 17, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass
Dec 17, 2008 Unarmed Salem, Oregon Recommended Pass