Chris J Handley Original Pronunciation King LearChris is currently an MFA Actor and Associate Instructor at Indiana University Bloomington, teaching both Acting and Voice & Speech.

Summer 2016: Chris will appear in the new musical THE KING’S CRITIQUE by Nat Zegree and Eric Holmes, directed by Tony nominee George Pinney. He’ll return to Bristol Valley Theatre in July to play Blackstache in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and Charlie in THE FOREIGNER.

Spring 2016 projects include: MACBETH (Duncan/Porter/Doctor); world premiere of Mauricio Miranda’s new play OCCUPANTS (Shoeless); and Gloucester in an Original Pronunciation version of KING LEAR (left).

At IU, his credits include M. BUTTERFLY (Rene Gallimard) by David Henry Hwang, HEDDA GABLER (Lovborg) and three new play premieres: INTENTIONS by Abbey Fenbert, JAMES by Bruce Walsh, and AMERICAN ASTEROID by Mauricio Miranda, directed by Henry Woronicz.

Additionally, he participated in the developmental workshops and/or readings of FAR COUNTRY and BERSERKER by Bruce Walsh, and AMERICAN ASTEROID and OCCUPANTS by Mauricio Miranda.

He spent the summer 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. It’s been a good year for new plays!

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.

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