His most recent appearances were as; in the world premiere of Birds and the Bees for (Blyth Festival) directed by Ann Hodges, Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for (Canadian Stage) High Park Toronto, directed by Richard Rose; Grandpa in No Great Mischief (Tarragon Theatre Toronto) directed by Richard Rose; Gonzalo in The Tempest (Theatre by the Bay, Barrie) director Brett Christopher and Henri, in Heroes (Thousand Island Playhouse Gananoque) directed by Sarah Graton Stanley
A three-time Guthrie award recipient, John was a distinguished member of the Stratford Festival Acting Company for 12 seasons, appearing in over 20 productions. Favorite roles include: Cromwell – A Man for All Seasons, Bolingbroke – Richard the Second, Launce – The Two Gentleman of Verona, Costard – Loves’ Labours’ Lost, Major Larry Pye –Tempest-Tost, Fred Dobing – The Swanne, Feste alternate- Twelfth Night and Henry Drummond alternate-Inherit the Wind. Some of the directors he has had the opportunity to work with include, Michael Langham, John Hirsh, Marti Maraden, Diana Leblanc, Martha Henry, Jeanette Lambermont, Peter Hinton, Martha Henry, Miles Potter, Richard Monette.
He has also performed in many regional theatres across the country, playing a wide range of both leading and supporting roles. Selected credits include the world premieres of The Melville Boys, by Norm Foster Nothing Sacred by George F. Walker and Fire by Paul Ledoux and David Young. . As well, Mr.Dolan performed leading roles in Speed-the-Plow, Proof, Dracula, A Christmas Carol, Against the Grain and Courting Johanna at the Blyth Festival. Some of the directors he has had the pleasure to work with and learn from include; Malcolm Black, Eric Coates, Bob White, Michael Shamata, Brian Richmond, among others.
This four-time best actor Dora nominee has played in over thirty productions in Toronto. Selected credits include; the world premieres of Rune Arlidge, Plan B, Restitution, P.E Trudeau in Trudeau and the F.L.Q., as well as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and Fagin in Oliver Twist (Dora Award recipient). Directors include; Richard Rose, Malcolm Black, Richard Greenblatt, Maja Ardal, Jennifer Brewin, Jackie Maxwell, Brian Richmond, Guy Sprung, Bill Glassco, R H Thompson.
He has served as assistant director on numerous projects and was director of the Young Company at Theatre New Brunswick for two seasons. Notable works under Dolan’s direction include: Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), as well as his own adaptation of The Tempest for the Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto, The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre School of Canada.
John’s selected film and television credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, The Road to Avonlea, Traders, E.N.G., Street Legal, Kung Fu as well as the films 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould and Termini Station.
Degrees/Certificates: B.A. Bishops University, Graduate National Theatre School of Canada, Graduate Stratford Festival of Canada Young Company