Austin Ryan Cook

Music Director - Musician - Actor - Technician

Austin Cook is an award-winning music director and producer based in Chicago, IL. A native of Kansas City, MO, Cook has been a dedicated musician his entire life. After receiving his bachelor's degrees in piano & vocal performance, Austin toured Europe performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. In 2008, he came back to the states to join as a composer/orchestrator with Walt Disney Entertainment. In 2009, Austin made the move to Chicago, IL to continue his work as a music director, producer & actor.

While in Chicago, Austin has won 3 JEFF awards for Music Direction and Artistic Specialization. Austin is a proud member of AEA and the AFM. He is also an Artistic affiliate of Porchlight Music Theater & an ensemble member of American Blues Theater. As a producer Austin's most recently produced album The Beast in Me received the 2014 Independent Music Award for Best Roots EP. The album was performed in its entirety on the nationally televised PBS series Sun Studio Sessions.

In September of 2016, Austin relocated to Brooklyn, NY! Austin's last show was the Pre-Broadway world premiere of War Paint at the Goodman Theatre.