theTEN with Kamal Angelo Bolden

theTEN with Kamal Angelo Bolden

Pictured: Kamal Angelo Bolden (right) and director Niegel Smith in rehearsal for FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS. Photo by Cody Nieset. 

Jump inside the brains of Chicago theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?

It will always be the role of Troy Maxon in August Wilson’s FENCES until I’m old enough to play him. But for the past four years, it was any role in this play. I just wanted to be a part of this epic story.

What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?

HAMLET at the Gift Theatre. I’m fresh off seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s fantastic production in London, so I excited to see what the Gift’s phenomenal cast does.

If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?

I have a degree in business and my favorite classes were in marketing, so I’d be Marcus Graham from the movie Boomerang. Sans the leather pants.

What quote or saying do people spout but is really complete BS?

I’m fine.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

First thing that came to mind: S.S. Skip Deez (lol). Mature answer: Snucka

What will finally break the internet?

It’s already broken. But a love child between Trump and Oprah could obliterate what’s left.

What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Atticus Finch

What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

I don’t like musicals. Period.

What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

That being said, HAMILTON was bearable.

What are you reading, watching or listening to right now?

Reading “The Empire of Illusion”
Watching: Atlanta

Kamal Angelo Bolden is a Chicago-based actor who can be seen in Goodman Theatre’s production of FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (parts 1 and 2 & 3) through June 24. For more information visit

Bolden recently starred in a horror film called “Ravers” that will premiere later this summer. Chicago credits include Man in the Ring, Jitney, The Misanthrope and Home (Court Theatre); Detroit ‘67 (Northlight Theatre); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, We Are Proud to Present… (Victory Gardens Theater); Short Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience), The Island (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); The Opponent (A Red Orchid Theatre and off-Broadway at 59e59 Theatre) and Jackie and Me and Bud Not Buddy (Chicago Children’s Theatre).

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