Yearly Archives: 2017

The story behind an American movie classic

Herald Times Review | September 8, 2017
“Handley’s fruit-guzzling scenes had the audience in peals of laughter.” Continue reading


Chris spent three years teaching theatre at the undergraduate level at Indiana University. Courses there included T120 Acting I: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Acting This course guides beginning acting students through the most fundamental skills an actor can learn: … Continue reading

Lucky Stiff

as Harry Witherspoon
July 27 – August 6, 2017
Bristol Valley Theatre
directed by Suzi Takahashi Continue reading


as Marc, Yvan (rotating rep)
June 29 – July 9, 2017
Bristol Valley Theatre
directed by Karin Bowersock Continue reading

‘Visions of Right’ explores options for responding to hate

Herald Times Review | May 21, 2017 — The two best performances are by the leading couple, Abby Lee (as Christina) and Chris J. Handley (as Oz). Both actors are down-to-Earth and easy to relate to, while very moving in the more somber scenes. Continue reading

Visions of Right

as Dr Ozzie Singer
May 18-27, 2017
Jewish Theatre of Bloomington
directed by Martha Jacobs Continue reading

Visions of Right: A Response to Hate

WFIU Review | May 19, 2017 — Chris J Handley has charm with a nice innocence and a real skill with storytelling. … He also shares with the audience a wry Yiddish-tinged sense of humor. And he, like his wife, is concealing a scar, the memory of a controversial medical decision and action.
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In May 2017, Chris graduated with his MFA in Acting from Indiana University. Here is the whole gang of MFA actors and directors with our fearless leader Dale McFadden. (l-r) Abby Lee, Jason Craig West, Katie Horwitz, Meaghan Deiter, Ashley … Continue reading

Prospect Hill

as Jacob
March 24 – April 1, 2017
Indiana University Theatre
directed by Ansley Valentine
a new play by Bruce Walsh Continue reading

Prospect Hill: Three’s More Than a Crowd

WFIU Review | March 29, 2017 — Prospect Hill is a thought provoking, funny and moving play by IU MFA playwright Bruce Walsh. Joshua Robinson, Chris J. Handley and Joshua M. Smith do wonderful service in compelling performances. Continue reading

‘Prospect Hill’ ventures off campus, into intriguing performance

Herald Times Review | March 26, 2017 — The actors brilliantly capture this complexity. Chris J. Handley and Joshua Robinson are an ideal pair as Jacob and Rex. Under Valentine’s careful direction, these actors rarely strike a false note. Continue reading

New play explores the struggle of being a modern day human being

Indiana Daily Student Feature | March 24, 2017 — “I hope people walk out of it feeling less alone with whatever they’re going through,” composer Kimberly Osberg said. “We’re all going through this crazy thing called life together.” Continue reading

New play “Prospect Hill” by Bruce Walsh, a story of faith, hope, and redemption, comes to IU Theatre

Feb 28, 2017 — Prospect Hill centers around three men living in the titular neighborhood in Bloomington, Indiana. Jacob (3rd-year M.F.A. actor Chris J. Handley, in his final role at IU), is a recovering alcoholic – as well as a recovering Mennonite. Continue reading

The Duchess: Integrity O’ Life Is Fortune’s Best Friend

WFIU Review | February 9, 2017 — In a surprising scene, the Duchess actually woos, Antonio, her estate’s accountant. Antonio is a well-spoken Chris Handley, even when they’re married with children remains a bit in awe of his wife. Continue reading

IU offers stunning production of dark tragedy ‘Duchess’

Herald Times Review | February 6, 2017 — But this is no Halloween spectacle; the play is highly sophisticated, and the actors approach it in an equally sophisticated manner. Chris J. Handley makes for a likeable Antonio. Continue reading

IU Theatre’s Duchess of Malfi tale of independence, betrayal, bloody REVENGE

Jan 12, 2017 — Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance with a boldly realized production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. With an action-packed plot, lyrical language, and compelling characters, Webster’s Jacobean masterpiece is considered one of the greatest tragedies of Renaissance drama. Continue reading

See What I Wanna See

January 2017 Janitor/Priest Directed by Joshua Robinson Music Directed by Amanda Li Ashley Dillard Scott Van Wye Chris J Handley Nick Jenkins Meaghan Deiter John Bronston, piano