John Dolan is a director, screenwriter and former actor. 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 writer and actor helped him segue into directing short films and ultimately commercials. He signed with Anonymous Content soon after they opened their doors and spent the next decade there working on award-winning campaigns for major brands such as Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Visa, Ford, ESPN, Miller Lite and Mini. These spots combined great casting and performances with a cinematic look that distinguished them from the comedy pack. He won numerous awards, including Cannes Lions, AICPs, D&AD Pencils, and more.
After his move to Partizan in 2009, he began to push his work in bold, new directions. He created visually stunning campaigns for global brands such as BMW, Peugeot, Corona and The North Face. 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 yielded some of the best work of his career.
Dolan is close to liftoff on his first feature, a thriller entitled One Way Rider, based on his original screenplay.
He joined Hey Wonderful in May 2016, where things have gone full circle: he and Managing Director Michael Di Girolamo worked together fifteen years ago at the start of his career.