Dana Kohnken Cole | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Dana Kohnken Cole

Cole has been an active member of the arts community most of her life.  She fell in love with painting at her first art class at the Baltimore YMCA as a 10 year old. She continued with her passion as a Fine Arts major at Denison University. In the early 1980’s she was fortunate to wrangle a coveted spot on the broadcast team at Ted Bates Advertising in NYC and learned the craft of producing TV and Radio commercials. In 1987, Cole relocated to Baltimore to work with Trahan Burden and Charles, an advertising agency that had an in-house production company.

In the mid 1990s, Cole discovered the wonders of the Maryland Hall and all they had to offer her two very energetic young daughters. Painting, ballet and tap classes kept her children happily engaged year after year. And a small coffee shop on the lower level offered a peaceful respite from a hectic schedule.

In 1997, Cole was recruited by another Baltimore agency to be their SVP, Head of Production. This job required weeks each month on the road in production for a large roster of local and national clients. Three years in, Cole realized that her daughters required more time with their mother and she started her own freelance company….and has never looked back .


Producing award winning TV and radio commercials for her clients is very rewarding but Cole is thrilled with her new opportunity as a Maryland Hall board member.  She lives in Annapolis with a small zoo of rescue animals and is happily found kayaking whenever the weather and water conditions allow.