Dancing at Lughnasa Chris J Handley

NOW & UPCOMING at Indiana University:
November 2016: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Herod)
January 2017: SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (Janitor/Priest)
February 2017: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (Antonio)

Plus, work on the short films THE HACK and ALL THE DIFFERENCE and the feature-length JACK FAKESPEARE.
An original electronic music/spoken word composition by Kyle Peter Rotolo will premiere in December at the Jacobs School of Music.


Chris is currently an MFA Actor and Associate Instructor at Indiana University Bloomington, teaching both Acting and Voice & Speech. In September 2016, he played his thesis role as Michael in DANCING AT LUGHNASA (above).

This past summer, Chris appeared in the new musical THE KING’S CRITIQUE by Nat Zegree and Eric Holmes, directed by Tony nominee George Pinney. He also returned to Bristol Valley Theatre in July to ham it up as Black Stache in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (see this carpool karaoke nugget of gold) and Charlie in THE FOREIGNER. He also directed the first developmental reading of SINK FLORIDA SINK by David L. Kimple, assistant directed the world premiere of Judith Leora’s COOKIE FIGHT, and once again hosted the annual cabaret in full carrot costume.


At IU, his credits include M. BUTTERFLY (Rene Gallimard) by David Henry Hwang, HEDDA GABLER (Lovborg), MACBETH (Duncan/Porter/Doctor), and Gloucester in an Original Pronunciation version of KING LEAR. Also, the new play premieres: INTENTIONS by Abbey Fenbert, JAMES by Bruce Walsh, and AMERICAN ASTEROID and OCCUPANTS, both by Mauricio Miranda, the former directed by Henry Woronicz.

Chris J Handley Original Pronunciation King LearAdditionally, he participated in the developmental workshops and/or readings of PROSPECT HILL, FAR COUNTRY and BERSERKER by Bruce Walsh, and AMERICAN ASTEROID and OCCUPANTS by Mauricio Miranda.

He spent the summer of 2015 at Bristol Valley Theatre in GODSPELL, BLACK COMEDY and as a gullible policeman in search of zombies and leprechauns in the world premiere of David L. Kimple‘s hilarious new play, WHO IS THEO? (recently picked up for publication and licensing by Samuel French). He also hosted and performed in the annual cabaret, and read in two staged readings at part of the BVT New Works Initiative: Joe Norton’s JETTY and Bill Capossare’s DROWNED.

His credits range from a two-and-a-half year gig on the American Queen Steamboat on the Mississippi River, to the award-winning indie-soap EMPIRE, his own comedy pilot THIS JUST IN, and his Youtube show LIVE FROM THE DZONE. He’s played Juliet’s Nurse, George Seurat, the Cowardly Lion, Leo Bloom, Cornelius Hackl, Thénardier, Cosmo Brown, and Harry Witherspoon to name a few. He earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia.

He is very slowly learning to play the ukulele and understand sarcasm. Very slowly.

Don’t wait! Offer him a job today! Email: chrisjhandley@gmail.com

Oh, and here’s a Doritos Crash the Superbowl commercial.