Academics: Faculty

Keith Arthur Bolden - Spelman

Keith Arthur Bolden

Title: Assistant Professor of Drama

Office: 404-270- 5472

B.A. in Theatre Arts, California State University, Fresno
MFA in Acting, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Mr. Bolden hails from Los Angeles. Being a native Los Angeleno, he wanted to see what this vast country had to offer. His first stop was Fresno State University where he first discovered the stage and where several instructors noticed his potential and flare for the dramatic. He was encouraged to continue his training in graduate school obtaining a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois.

Upon graduation, Mr. Bolden migrated eastward having stints in towns like St. Louis, Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., and teaching at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of theater. All of these places were mere pit stops to the city that was calling him – NEW YORK CITY.
The day Mr. Bolden arrived, he beat the streets. He decided to map out agents’ offices and dropped off his headshot and resume and possibly get some on-the-spot meet and greets. This was a terrific way to acclimate himself to the city...hoofing it and not taking the train or buses. Following in the footsteps of so many artists before him. In his first month there, he signed with an agent, obtained his Actors Equity union card and booked two indie features

Mr. Bolden spent five years in New York and was out of town for six months every year touring and/or working in regional theater. Before accepting this position at Spelman, Mr. Bolden moved to Los Angeles and cut his teeth in the LA theater scene being nominated for NAACP and Ovation awards and winning numerous others, including LA Drama Critics Circle, Stage Scene LA and an LA Webfest Best Actor Award. Mr. Bolden has also taught at California State University, Los Angeles and TVI Actors Studio.

Theater Experience:
“Gem of the Ocean” (Rubicon Theatre Company); “Dreamgirls” (DOMA Theatre Company), “A Raisin in the Sun” (Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage and Cape Fear Regional Theatre); “House of Gold,” “Mlle. God” (Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA); “Neighbors” (Matrix Theatre Company); “Blood and Thunder” (Moving Arts Theatre Company); “Fences” (directed by Ben Bradley); “Gem of the Ocean” (Fountain Theatre); “Atlanta” (Geffen Playhouse); “The Last Seder” (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA); “Take Me Out” (Human Race Theatre); “Blue” (Penumbra Theatre); “Owed to My First Love” (Premiere Stages); “Picking Up the Baby” (New York International Fringe Festival); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis); “Civil War” (TheatreWorks/USA); “Ragtime” (CentreStage, PA).

St. Louis Black Repertory (Touring Company); LARK Development Center (NY), Member of the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A. 

Film/TV Experience:
“S#!T My Dad Says!” (starring William Shatner); “The Young and the Restless,” “Repo Men” (starring Forrest Whittaker and Jude Law); “Semi-Dead” (currently running at; “Foreign Body” (webseries); “More Than a Woman,” “Latter-Day Fake,” “Federal Underdog,” and “The Coldest Winter.”