Director I Actor I Producer
Chris Bolan has had a career both on and off-Broadway and has performed as an actor with many top regional theater companies in both the United States and Canada while also working in film and television. In 2016 Bolan was Artistic Director for the critically acclaimed European Premiere production of Oh Hell No! at the Alfo Puccini Theater in Milan, Italy and has directed legendary LGBTQ and Civil Rights Activist, David Mixner, in three World Premiere productions at the Florence Gould Theater in NYC.
Bolan wrote and directed the documentary feature film, A Secret Love based on a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League made famous by the Hollywood movie, A League of Their Own. Following a World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, A Secret Love will premiere as a Netflix Original in 2020 and was produced by Ryan Murphy Productions, Blumhouse Television, NowThis, and Beech Hill Films.
Chris is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Award for directing and is also a Founding Partner of Sweet T Productions with recent projects including: The Sound Inside starring Mary-Louise Parker (Broadway/Studio 54); The Visitor starring David Hyde Pierce (The Public Theater); Jitney (Broadway National Tour); and Endlings (New York Theater Workshop). Bolan is a company member of the award-winning New York based Wheelhouse Theater Company and is a member of the Board of Directors for LUMBERYARD Center for Film and Performing Arts. Bolan holds his MFA in acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is part of the adjunct faculty in the theater department at Western Connecticut State University.
A native of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, Chris grew up playing a variety of sports, including Canada’s favorite pastime of hockey while also being exposed to classical piano at a young age due to his mother noticing an ear for music. Chris attended the French immersion program at Marguerite D’Youville school and went on to graduate with an advanced bilingual diploma from Paul Kane High School. However, it was his introduction to the St. Albert Children’s Theater at the age of 14 that would forever change his life and lead him on the path he continues to follow today. Chris went on to pursue a life in the preforming arts attending the Theater Studies Program at Red Deer College as well as the musical theater program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Following his undergraduate training, Chris moved back to the west coast and worked as an actor in Vancouver, Canada before landing the coveted young male lead of ‘Sky’ in the U.S. Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Chris moved to NYC and over the course of two years preformed in over 750 shows with the company. After completing his contract with Mamma Mia!, Chris was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and continues to enjoy a career as an actor, director, producer and professor. Chris resides in Westport, CT with his beautiful son Jackson.
A Secret Love
A Secret Love tells an incredible love story between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, whose relationship spans nearly seven decades. Terry played in the women’s professional baseball league, inspiring the hit movie “A League of Their Own.” But the film did not tell the real-life story of the women who remained closeted for most of their lives. This documentary follows Terry and Pat back to when they met for the first time, through their professional lives in Chicago, coming out to their conservative families and grappling with whether or not to get married. Facing the hardships of aging and illness, their love proves resilient as they enter the home stretch.
Director: Chris Bolan
Writer: Chris Bolan, Alexa L. Fogel, Brendan Mason
Producer: Ryan Murphy; Blumhouse Television; NowThis; Beech Hill FIlms - Alexa L. Fogel, Brendan Mason
Executive Producer: Alexis Martin Woodall, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Mary Lisio, Jason Blum
Cinematographer: Stephen Kazmierski
Editor: Bernadine Colish
Sound Designer: Michael Odmark
Music: Duncan Thum
Additional Credits: Co-Executive Producers: Tina Exarhos, Athan Stephanopoulos, Suzanne Kolb
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