Christopher Cox was an American director, writer, actor, and producer. He moved to New York City at the age of 20 to pursue a career in theatre, and his first role was in The Fantasticks as the understudy for the Mute. He soon became involved in directing. He directed productions at several theatres including Playwrights Horizons and the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company, where he directed the New Play Series and the Writers Workshop from 1974 to 1976. During this time, he also performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
By 1980, Cox's interests turned toward writing, editing, and photography. He soon became associated with a literary group called The Violet Quill, which was regarded as one of the strongest voices of the gay male experience in the post-Stonewall era. They worked to promote acceptance and publication of gay literature. During the final years of his life, Cox worked for several prominent publishing companies as an editor. He passed away in 1990.