Biography

CHRIS WELLS is an award-winning performer and writer for the theater. Original works include Olsen Terror, which appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, and Liberty! which has been seen in many theatres and festivals around the U.S. He is co-writer of A Fairy Tale (Backstage Garland Award, Best Play) which originated at the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, where Chris was a member for many years, appearing in Batboy the Musical, Euphoria the Musical, The Imaginary Invalid and many more. Additional regional credits include Harry Thaw Hates Everybody (LA Weekly Award, Best Actor), Bottom in Anne Bogart’s Midsummer Nights Dream at San Jose Rep and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella at Yale Rep, and The Importance of Being Earnest at Papermill Playhouse.
With his band, Christy and the NoNos, he wrote and recorded an original song cycle, Nowhere to Run. New York credits include Speed Hedda at La Mama, Delicious Rivers with The Talking Band, and 100 Aspects of the Moon with Clubbed Thumb. In 2006, Wells was awarded the Charles Bowden Acting Award from New Dramatists. Wells has also presented his unique brand of original songs and stories in various nightclubs around Manhattan, including Joe’s Pub, Fez, The Marquee, The Duplex. As a founding member of the arts collective, Are We Not Grown Ups, Wells makes songs and performances in many unorthodox settings throughout New York City. His latest show, Hello New York, will premiere in 2009, and contain songs and stories inspired by his life in the Big City.
In the fall of 2007, Wells founded The Secret City, an artist’s sanctuary, which meets the last Sunday of the month in Manhattan.