John Dolan comes from a writing and acting background. He initially got bit by the theater bug while studying at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time he was also a defenseman on the Tar Heels lacrosse team, playing in four Final Fours, and winning a NCAA Div I National Championship. After graduating, he continued his acting training at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he discovered a passion for improv.
His background as a performer helped him segue into directing short films and ultimately commercials. He signed with Anonymous Content soon after they opened their doors and spent close to a decade there working non-stop on award-winning campaigns for major brands such as Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Visa, ESPN, Miller Lite and Mini. This work combined great casting and performances with a cinematic look that distinguished it from the comedy pack. He won numerous awards for this work including Cannes Lions, AICPs, D&AD Pencils, and more.
In 2009 Dolan joined Partizan and continued to push his work in bold, new directions. He created visually stunning campaigns for global brands such as BMW, Peugeot, Corona, The North Face, and Hershey’s. This new phase of storytelling emphasized more ambitious and sophisticated visuals, along with an emotional tone that is affecting and soulful. Combining this elegant new visual style with his natural gift with actors has meant that he’s currently doing the best work of his career.
He is currently developing several feature film projects, two of which he’s written. Dolan lives in Los Angeles.