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James Michael Doolan
Liverpudlian, American, RP.
16 - 25
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I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University last year with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. Whilst studying I have also been training in acting, singing and dance at Carney Academy Sheffield, run by West End and Broadway Director Ruth Carney-Nash. I made my professional theatre debut in The Pied Piper at The Unity Theatre Liverpool, where I played The Pied Piper and multiple roles in an ensemble of four actors directed by Nina Hajiyianni. A play devised by the actors with writer Kevin Dyer. The show received great reviews and success. “Doolan maintains an excellent compelling aura as The Piper in what is his first professional role.” The Public Reviews. Four stars says the Liverpool Sound and Vision and the Liverpool Echo gives it 9/10. Last summer I performed at Sheffield Theatres in The Sheffield Mysteries, directed by Daniel Evans. After "The Sheffield Mysteries" I went to study in Oxford at The North Wall Residency on the outreach summer project. Training, Researching and developing a brilliant new play professional called Fragment by John Hoggarth and directed Ria Parry from Iron Shoes Productions, working along side Oliviero Papi from Au Brana Cultural Center and amazing music by Dom Lawton Productions. Working on a new form of theatre called Gig Theatre.
Before returning back to Carney Academy, for summer school where I played Link Larkin in a workshop performance of Hairspray Directed by Ruth Carney-Nash and choreographed by West End choreographer Richard Roe, as well as training in workshops led by actress Samantha Robinson in the evenings. Followed by a Television acting workshop with Ian Smith with Ideas Tap. I've just perform in two plays at Carney Academy, using the form of Site-Specific Theater for The Lights by Howard Korder and Eight by Ella Hickson both will be performed in a warehouse and directed by Drama Practitioner Ellie Tillotson. I'm writing and working on my own solo one man play, as well as creating a YouTube Vlog with friends.
I've just been working with Ellie Tillotson on a professional acting projects in schools. performing 'The story of Icarus' with Grimm and Co Theatre Company.
While at Carney Academy I took a television/film acting course taught by screen writer and director by Dina Jacobsen. As a result of this course I was cast in my first short film. It is an installation piece called Bastion directed Ray Jacobs. The film has just been shown at the Sprout Film Festival in New York and won First Prize at the Meeting Rimini Film Festival and I Won Best Male Actor at Breaking Down Barriers film festivals in Russia this weekend for the film Bastion. I've worked on six short student films early this year and filmed for a day with the BBC for TV/documentary.
Music: Solo and Group Singer (Baritone), Guitar and Ukulele player, Songwriter
Sports: Cardio workout every day, Karate (Black belt), Swimming, Scuba-diving, Snorkelling, Abseiling, White water rafting, Octopus (under water hockey), Artery, Running,