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Amanda Cole

Adjunct Faculty

Headshot of Amanda Cole. Amanda has short curly hair and wears a blue collared shirt. She stares resolutely at the camera.

Amanda Cole’s roots are in photography, film, and writing. Current digital film works rely on memoir, blurred lines of film-genre, and the many iterations of photography as a character almost—across generations. Re-writing and re-imagining a traumatic past to gain agency, not only over her narrative, but over film structure itself, Cole explores where the ‘hero’s journey’ ends as a woman telling her own story—as her own witness, her own detective, her own writer and director. Cole is currently a screenwriter and adjunct film and photography teacher at Lesley University.

After working in NYC independent cinema, Cole was shortlisted for the Sundance Writer's Lab, a quarterfinalist for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, she wrote, directed, and produced multiple web-series, then was invited into the Writers Guild of America East for original web content. At the Guild, she was also invited to direct a SAG/WGAE Bi-Annual Table Read at Lincoln Center, starring Taye Diggs, Steve Schirripa, Rachel Dratch, and Scott Adsit. She has been on the WGAE activities committee since joining in 2010.


Cole studied alternative processes photography at Harvard, received a BFA in photography, writing, and experimental film at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where she graduated with Academic Distinction and was the recipient of the Lila A. Chapin Creative Writing Award and the Dondis Travel Grant. Cole received an MFA from Lesley University’s Photography and Integrated Media Program, where she was the recipient of the Photographic Resource Center Graduate Student Award, and the Dean’s Scholarship.