Chris Wells is an Obie award-winning writer, actor and community leader who creates live events, music, and stories. He is the founding artistic director of ArtChurch, The Secret City.
Wells’s theatrical work has been honored with two LA Weekly Awards for Best Actor, a shared Garland award for playwrighting, and many Ovation awards for participating in ensemble-created work. In 2007, Wells was honored with The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists for his work in support of new play development. In 2010, Wells received a special citation Obie Award for creating The Secret City, for service to the artistic community of New York City.
Founded in New York City in 2007, The Secret City is a non profit community arts organization founded on the principals of creative mindfulness. With dynamic live performances in New York City, Los Angeles, and Woodstock, NY, Wells serves as curator, host, lead artist, and producer. For The Secret City, Wells has presented a variety of artists, from Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash, Amanda Palmer, Tony Winners Stew, and Michael Cerveris to downtown fixtures Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Eisa Davis, Jennifer Miller, John Fleck, and Jomama Jones, as well as jugglers, ballerinas, marching bands, singer/songwriters, tap dancers, beatboxers, poets, fire eaters, classical musicians, hula dancers, and many more in a setting dedicated to connecting artists to community and community to artists.
Wells lives with his husband, the painter Robert Lucy, in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, New York, where he’s just completed his first book, The Bermuda Triangle Inn, a memoir.