WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

School of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Arts

Chris Bolan

Adjunct Instructor 

Chris Bolan directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning Netflix Original Documentary, A Secret Love, based on a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League made famous by Penny Marshall’s classic film, A League of Their Own. A Secret Love was an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and was produced by Ryan Murphy Productions, Blumhouse Television, NowThis, and Beech Hill Films. A Secret Love received nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Director (First Feature Documentary) and Best Documentary Feature as well as a nomination for a Dorian Award for best LGBTQ Documentary and won the AARP Movies for Grownups Award for Best Documentary. Bolan was also the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Award for directing.

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 is Founding Partner of Sweet T Productions with recent projects including The Sound Inside (Broadway/Studio 54) starring Mary-Louise Parker, The Visitor (The Public Theater) starring David Hyde Pierce, 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, is on the Board of Directors for LUMBERYARD Center for Film and Performing Arts and holds an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Upcoming projects include Never Satisfied; a feature documentary with Stick Figure Productions that follows Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry as she tells behind-the-scenes stories through her eyes and shares hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from the making of the iconic musical Hamilton, Rainbow Railroad; a poignant documentary series that follows LGBTQI individuals risking everything to live authentic open lives free from persecution.