John Dolan has directed numerous award-winning commercial campaigns for clients such as, BMW, Mini, ESPN, Volkswagen and Got Milk? His hilarious campaign for IBC Root Beer was featured in the AICP Show, qualifying it for a spot in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He’s directed other notable campaigns for Coke, Visa, AT&T, Nokia, Honda, Skoda, McDonalds, Vodafone, Verizon, Miller and Ford, to name a few.
Dolan was born in Minneapolis and studied at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the creative writing and theater programs. He continued his acting training at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. After discovering a passion for improv, he immersed himself in the writings and teachings of Keith Johnstone, the renowned master of improvisation. He became a performer in the Theatresports Improv Company, and soon after, formed his own company called Impulse Theater, which performed fully improvised one-act plays.
In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles and wrote, directed and acted in a short film that served as a springboard into his directing career. Upon seeing the film, creatives at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners encouraged him to focus his talents on comedy commercials. After directing several spec spots, he signed with Anonymous Content, where he spent nine years, before joining Partizan in the Fall of 2009.
Over the years Dolan’s built a body of work that highlights his natural gift with actors and a comedic vision that is wickedly irreverent and incisively smart. His work has evolved from simple, performance-driven comedy spots to elaborate and cinematic action-comedy campaigns. An avid stills photographer, he dedicates considerable time to printing images from his travels around the world. He is currently developing several feature film projects. Dolan lives in Los Angeles.