The story behind an American movie classic

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."
Teacher/Coach

Teacher/Coach

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: choosing action and not emotion as the foundation of the acting process, while forming coherent and consistent objectives and tactics. T220 Acting II: Scene Study, An Introduction to Stanislavski Continuing the search for playable truth through the use of playing an action and tactic based on character, this class focuses on a basic approach to scene analysis to reveal behavioral clues, stimulate the imagination, and create identification with characters in the play. Exploring ways to facilitate relaxation, spontaneity, self-awareness, and a real connection with the other actor. T325 Voice and Speech Based in the technique of Patsy Rodenburg, this course introduces students to an awareness of themselves and their habits. We find the difference between the natural and habitual voice. Through an exploration of self, we find a connection to our breath and our natural sound. Introduction to the International Phoenetic Alphabet, speaking Shakespeare, and Second Circle. Recently, Chris has worked as dialect coach and voice/speech coach for productions in
Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff

as Harry Witherspoon July 27 - August 6, 2017 Bristol Valley Theatre directed by Suzi Takahashi
Art

Art

as Marc, Yvan (rotating rep) June 29 - July 9, 2017 Bristol Valley Theatre directed by Karin Bowersock
'Visions of Right' explores options for responding to hate

‘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.
Visions of Right

Visions of Right

as Dr Ozzie Singer May 18-27, 2017 Jewish Theatre of Bloomington directed by Martha Jacobs
Visions of Right: A Response to Hate

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.
Graduation!

Graduation!

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 Dillard, Chris J Handley, Tara Chiusano, Dale McFadden, James Nelson, Justino Brokaw, Nick Jenkins, Liam Castellan, and Matthew Murry.
Prospect Hill

Prospect Hill

as Jacob March 24 - April 1, 2017 Indiana University Theatre directed by Ansley Valentine a new play by Bruce Walsh
Prospect Hill: Three's More Than a Crowd

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.
'Prospect Hill' ventures off campus, into intriguing performance

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

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

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.
The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

as Antonio February 3-11, 2017 Indiana University Theatre directed by Katie Horwitz
The Duchess: Integrity O’ Life Is Fortune’s Best Friend

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.
IU offers stunning production of dark tragedy 'Duchess'

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

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.
See What I Wanna See

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

Way Onto Way

An unsure and indecisive man is forced to make a decision that will effect thousands of people. Written and Directed by: Adam Decker (2016) Starring: Chris J Handley, Abby Lee, Alex Goodman, Jared Smith

The Making of the Rat in the Skull Community Play Project

The Making of the RAT IN THE SKULL Community Play Project by the Curtain Down Players Repertory Theatre Company Jessica and Steven Hinkle, co-Artistic Directors When you take a class on Irish Drama at Indiana University, you never realize you'd create some of your best work. Together with my MFA Acting colleague Matthew Murry, we created a probably-too-long mockumentary about a small town theatre company and their troubles mounting a production of The Rat in the Skull. Christopher Guest, eat your heart out.
The Hack

The Hack

A science-fiction writer has one last chance to write the story of his dreams. Adapted, directed, and produced by Corey Deogracias. This short was showcased in December 2016 at the Indiana University Cinema. http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/?post_type=film&p=12726

King Herod’s Song

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR George Pinney, director Indiana University, 2016
Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

as King Herod November 4-12, 2016 Indiana University Theatre directed by George Pinney
Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

as Michael September 23 - October 1, 2016 Indiana University Theatre directed by Dale McFadden
Sink, Florida, Sink

Sink, Florida, Sink

In August, Chris directed a developmental reading of Sink, Florida, Sink by David L. Kimple on the nights off from performances The Foreigner at Bristol Valley Theatre.
The Foreigner

The Foreigner

as Charlie July 28 - August 7, 2016 Bristol Valley Theatre directed by David E. Shane

The Foreigner Promo

In The Foreigner, painfully shy Charlie pretends to not speak English while he visits Georgia, and is taught by different residents all about English and America. Charlie and Ellard went to Sutton Spoons to learn a little bit about fishing. See Charlie and Ellard on stage July 28 - August 7!
Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher

as Black Stache July 14-24, 2016 Bristol Valley Theatre directed by Karin Bowersock
Outtakes! Carpool Karaoke with Blackstache

Outtakes! Carpool Karaoke with Blackstache

Chris and David ended up having too much fun for one video. Here are some of the outtakes from their carpool karaoke adventures.
Carpool Karaoke with Blackstache

Carpool Karaoke with Blackstache

Black Stache, ye ole Pirate, gets lost in Naples, New York. Associate Artistic Director David E Shane picks him up and they look for his mates as they sing Cake By The Ocean. This production of Peter and the Starcatcher was part of the sixth summer Chris spent at Bristol Valley Theatre.
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has local flair

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has local flair

Messenger Post Preview | July 9, 2016 -- “Starcatcher is really a show for the whole family,” said Bristol Valley Theater Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure with enough jokes to keep parents laughing right along with the kids.”
King Lear

King Lear

as Gloucester May 5-8, 2016 Indiana University Theatre directed by Murray McGibbon
Occupants

Occupants

as Shoeless March 25 - April 2, 2016 Indiana University Theatre directed by Katie Horwitz a new play by Mauricio Miranda
10 Things I Loved About IU Theatre’s Production of Macbeth

10 Things I Loved About IU Theatre’s Production of Macbeth

Though the cast as a whole succeeded in communicating the intricacies of the story through the potential barrier of the language, the best instance of illustrated Shakespeare was Chris J. Handley’s rendition of the Porter’s scene.
'Distant present' setting helps IU Theater give 'Macbeth' new life

‘Distant present’ setting helps IU Theater give ‘Macbeth’ new life

Herald Times Review | February 8, 2016 -- The rest of the acting performances vary in quality, but particularly memorable is the comic relief that Chris J. Handley provides as the drunken porter. Handley’s physical comedy chops are an unexpected treat in “Macbeth.”
Macbeth

Macbeth

as Duncan, Porter, Doctor February 5-13, 2016 Indiana University Theatre directed by David Kote
IU Theatre's "Macbeth" to open Friday

IU Theatre’s “Macbeth” to open Friday

Indiana Daily Student Preview | February 4, 2016 -- Barefoot in rags and corsets, three witches with tangled hair danced across the stage to the sound of thunder, wind and clicking sticks.
American Asteroid

American Asteroid

by Mauricio Miranda directed by Henry Woronicz with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Zach Decker, Ross Rebenack, Austin Wilson, and Chris J Handley!
Roll On Mississippi

Roll On Mississippi

In July 2014, Chris finished a two-and-a-half-year gig aboard the American Queen Steamboat, where he was a member of the entertainment team, singing songs like "This is the Moment," "The Impossible Dream," "Trouble (Right Here in River City!)," "Memphis Lives in Me," "Walkin' in Memphis," "Jailhouse Rock," "Twist and Shout," "Let it Be," "Through the Years," and more!. He debuted his Broadway love songs solo concert in 2013 on both the AQ and the American Empress with tunes like "This Can't Be Love," "Almost Like Being in Love," "That's All," "Our Love is Here to Stay," and more. Here are some commercials featuring our onboard entertainers.
SHOWSTOPPERS! Uptune & A Ballad Laurie Beechman NYC February 3 and 10

We Lost It At the Movies

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This Just In!

THIS JUST IN In this comedy from creators and writers Chris J Handley and Maria Pendolino, the misfit employees of a low-rated local news station deliver traffic and weather together on air while their shenanigans and oddball personalities create chaos off air. It's bad...news. 1.01 The Pilot Starring Danielle Gaines, Jack Garrity, Chris J Handley, Halle Morse, Jake Paque, Maria Pendolino, and Lenny Wolpe. Guest Stars: Neal Bledsoe, Jenn Lyon, and Hannah Moon. Directed by Isaac Klein. Editor: Michael Zak. DP: John Arthur Kelly.

Tea Party vs Occupy Wall Street!

From Le Team Cinema comes UNFRIENDED Episode 2. Jenson Smith's Occupy Wall Street girl runs into Chris J. Handley's right wing conservative ... she unfriended him and he wants to know why ... and maybe also get back together with her like they were in high school.
Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Akers, Melanie Vaughan Set for I Won't Sing a Sondheim Song... or will I?

Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Akers, Melanie Vaughan Set for I Won’t Sing a Sondheim Song… or will I?

Playbill | April 11, 2011 -- Eric Michael Gillett will be joined on stage by special guests Melanie Vaughan and Tony nominee Karen Akers as well as Chris J. Handley and Kelly McDonald. Musical director/arranger Jeff Cubeta will be featured on piano.

Sarah

Frank Wildhorn (The Civil War) Laurie Beechman Cafe, 2011

I Like Everybody

Frank Loesser (The Most Happy Fella) DON'T TELL MAMA, NYC 2011

Singers Forum AEA Scholarship Benefit

Chris J. Handley singing "Sarah" at the Singers Forum AEA Scholarship benefit at Don't Tell Mama on 1/3/11.
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow Benefit to Feature Karen Akers, Bernard Dotson, Valerie Lemon and More

You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow Benefit to Feature Karen Akers, Bernard Dotson, Valerie Lemon and More

Playbill | Dec 30, 2010 -- You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, a benefit for the Singers Forum's AEA Scholarship Fund, will be held Jan. 3, 2011, at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan.
Unholy Trinity Revue Celebrates Bentley's 90th Birthday Oct. 6

Unholy Trinity Revue Celebrates Bentley’s 90th Birthday Oct. 6

Playbill | October 6, 2006 -- Neal Radice directs the production, which features scenes and songs by Bentley with music arranged by Maxim Mazumdar. Saul Elkin, Drew Kahn and Chris J. Handley are scheduled to star in the one-night-only event.