CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.
As an actor, he has worked with directors Anne Bogart, Bill Rauch, Chay Yew, Tracy Young, Pam McKinnon and more. Regional credits include Baltimore Centerstage, Yale Rep, San Jose Rep, Alabama Shakes, Mark Taper. Originally from LA, Wells was a resident of New York for 10 plus years, where his work was seen at Joe’s Pub, HERE, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, The Marquee, The NY Fringe Festival, Starlight Lounge. He co-founded the artists collective, Are We Not Grown Ups, which performed in unorthodox venues around New York City.
As frontman, Wells played the LA club scene with his band Chris Wells and The Highballs featuring The International Kittens and, with collaborator Fred Cassidy, he created Christy and The Nonos, celebrating the depths of pop music.
Original works for theatre include: Liberty! a play about a boy who wants to be The Statue of Liberty when he grows up; A Fairy Tale (with Dan Parker and Tracy Young), a queer archetype performance ritual; Nowhere to Run, a Buddhist pop-opera; and Olsen Terror, the two-man cult musical about a middle-aged man who believes he is turning into the Olsen Twins.
In October 2007, Wells founded The Secret City, an organization that worships art with live performance events. As curator, host and producer, Wells has presented an endless variety of artists, from Grammy Winner Rosanne Cash, Tony Winners Stew and Michael Cerveris to downtown fixtures Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Eisa Davis, Jennifer Miller, John Fleck and Jomama Jones, not to mention jugglers, ballerinas, marching bands, singer/songwriters, tap dancers, beatboxers, poets, fire eaters, classical musicians, hula dancers and many, many more in a setting that celebrates the sacred in art.
Wells’ theatrical work has been honored with two LA Weekly Awards for Best Actor, a shared Garland award for playwrighting, and many Ovation awards for participating in ensemble created work.
In 2007, Wells was honored with The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists for his work in support of playwrights and new play development.
And, in 2010, Wells received a special citation Obie Award for creating The Secret City, and for service to the artistic community of New York City.
Wells recently moved to Woodstock, NY, where he is madly at work on his first book, The Bermuda Triangle Inn – a Memoir in 29 Stories.