Doug Cole

Director of Doug's Drama & Storytelling

 Doug has been writing and directing children's plays for over twenty five years and is the author of over twenty plays for young people. Doug currently teaches drama at numerous schools in the East Bay, and has been the director of Doug's Drama since 2003. Doug is a former 4th grade teacher at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland and Black Pine Circle in Berkeley,  and was on the faculty of JFK University as a teacher trainer for five years. He has an MA in Elementary Education and a second MA in School Administration.


Doug is well known as one of the preeminent  children's storytellers in the Bay Area,  and is an accomplished musician, playing harmonica and percussion in some of the top blues bands in the East Bay. Doug is also a screenwriter and has recently completed a script for a feature film for adults.

Andre Cole (son)

Dancer, Drummer, Actor, Educator

André teaches private dance lessons in person safely and away from people at Temescal park. André is an Oakland native who's been dancing, drumming and performing since diaper days. He is back in Oakland after a decade in New York City where he graduated from the New School in dance and psychology performing professionally in a number of on and off-broadway shows and original works. He has taught youth ages 5-18 for over a decade and trained adults in  hip hop, contemporary creative dance and fitness.

For more information about Andre or to work with him, visit


- Oakland School for the Arts: Dance emphasis 2007

- B.A. Liberal Arts Dance & Psychology from the New School University: Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts - 2011