John Bolen

John Bolen is a novelist, playwright and actor living in Southern California. He has been published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (Hal Leonard Publishing), Independent Play(w)rights, Indigo RisingScars Publications, The Write Place at the Write Time, OC180news, Eunoia Review and YouthPLAYS. John is the Producing Artistic Director of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre & Workshop.

John Bolen’s plays have been produced in theaters throughout the U.S., including: New Jersey Repertory; Stages Theatre, CA; Chance Theater, CA; Cabrillo Playhouse, CA; Theatre@First, MA; NewGate Theatre, RI; Newport Theatre Arts Center, CA; Thalian Hall Studio Center, NC; Costa Mesa Playhouse, CA; Secret Rose Theatre, CA; The Asylum Theatre, CA; Lincoln Square Theatre, Chicago; Malibu Stage Company, CA; Vanguard Theatre, CA; Garden Grove Playhouse, CA; Red Room Theatre, NYC; Gallery Theatre, CA; Stage Door Repertory Theatre, CA; and the Empire Theatre, CA.

His play for a young audience,Aurelia’s Magic,(under its original title Dancing on a Grave), was produced by the Vanguard Theatre and Garden Grove Playhouse. Readers Theater Television produced Dancing on a Grave,and a radio play adaptation was produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre and was broadcast on 111 other stations across the United States through the National Public Radio system. John’s short story collection Nothing for Christmas & Other Holiday Tales and his novel Aurelia’s Magic have been released in paperback and Kindle editions.

As an actor, John has worked extensively in theaters throughout Southern California, although he is probably best remembered for his roles in the cult films Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and The Call of Cthulhu. He has appeared in numerous feature films and TV shows. As a voice actor, John has recorded 40 audiobooks.

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