Portfolio

Reels, Vocals, and selected shots from more than 200 productions to date.

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  • Film / TV Reel Video
  • Boardwalk Empire Reel Video
  • Law & Order: SVU Reel Video
  • Theatre Actor Reel Video
  • Accustomed To Her Face - MY FAIR LADY
  • Master of the House - LES MISERABLES
  • Keep It Gay - THE PRODUCERS
  • A World of Possibilities - JUST SO
  • To Kill A Mockingbird 
                                            “...Atticus, played by Warren Kelley, is a man who stands on principal no matter public opinions or tribulations.  Kelley masters the complexity and delivers on the range that Atticus goes through without any hesitation...a strong man and deeply emotional...”
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 
                                            “...Warren Kelley disappeared into the role of Vanya...It's such a treat to watch this actor work.  
Mr. Kelley weaves a well-rounded, grace-filled portrayal of Vanya.  You feel his pain...and he 
keeps you in his grasp in the plays wonderful lament over the passing of more innocent times...”
  • Bye Bye Birdie 
                                            “...Two cast members merit special comment:  Janet Decal...and Warren Kelley, who was so good as Atticus Finch in Orlando Shakespeare's 2015 production of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' turns Harry MacAfee...into a winsome spoof of the hapless sitcom dads of yore...”
  • Engaging Shaw 
                                            “...as a philandering bachelor, extolling revolutionary ideas...
                                            Warren Kelley deftly portrays Shaw as a visionary shortsighted 
                                            in the ways of the heart...and, if there's a minute that's less than clever, 
                                            you'll be hard pressed to find it...”
  • Oliver 
                                “...Stealing the show as eccentric sticky fingers Fagin, 
                                who leads the boys thieving gang, was
                                New York-based Warren Kelley...priceless...”
  • 33 Variations 
                                “...Warren Kelley quite literally embodied the character.  It might
                                have been Beethoven himself, for all the audience knew...”
  • Boeing Boeing 
                                “...More fun than anyone can imagine is the audience-capturing 
                                humor that Warren Kelley brings through his portrayal of Robert.  
                                Bumbling and bobbing with a Buster Keaton kind of presence, 
                                Kelley stumbles and slides and glides, and is completely appealing...”
  • Sylvia 
                                “...Other theatres might be jealous of the terrific cast FST 
                                has assembled. Warren Kelley as Greg is super-serious,
                                as most true comedians are...he's the image of normalcy 
                                and like so many Gurney characters, out of touch with his
                                deeper levels...”
  • Moonlight and Magnolias 
                                “And then there’s Kelley as Selznick. It’s as impressive a 
                                performance as ETC has ever hosted. Somehow this man 
                                is simultaneously as graceful as Cary Grant at his most
                                elegant and as loose-limbed and akimbo as Ray Bolger
                                at his most spastic. And genuinely, deeply funny.”
  • Blame It On Beckett 
                                “...Jim (Warren Kelley) is a burnt-out, coffee guzzling, 
                                shell of a man who is on a time schedule of pills to 
                                combat AIDS...a man who once wanted to make a 
                                difference.  Kelley is a find.  You feel his embitterdness 
                                as he tries to take under his wing the eager newcomer 
                                he once was.  His dry humor is perfect for the role, yet 
                                we care about him and don't want his demise...”
  • The Producers 
                                “As the worst director in New York and a flamboyant homosexual, Warren Kelley plays De Bris to the hilt...and he is a knockout playing the uber-fey Hitler!”
  • Evie's Waltz 
                                “...Watching Kelley...struggle to stay calm and negate
                                what they're actually feeling is one of the most heart-
                                wrenching aspects of Lewis' play...”
  • The Foreigner 
                                “...If laughter is the best medicine then The Fulton just opened a pharmacy. The rubber limbed Kelley, who has a bit of a Bean in him...excels at physical comedy. Elements of Rowan Atkinson's trademark alter ego surface...but this character is truly Kelley's own!...”
  • A Tuna Christmas “Kelley magically creates the older female characters
                                and hilariously portrays the rest...”
  • A Little Night Music 
                                “...This Fredrik has a keen eye, the lawyer’s gift of 
                                gab and a wonderful way with a lyric, and Kelley
                                made him a delight...”
  • The Best Man 
                                “...Warren Kelley also does a great job as the 
                                informant ultimately responsible for turning the
                                tables on the entire primary caucus...”
  • The Gift “...It’s virtually a one-person show, and 
                                in Warren Kelley, Stutts the director has an
                                actor skilled enough to carry the evening...
                                With perfect timing Kelley creates a 
                                flamboyant, engrossing character...imbued
                                with humanity...”
  • Spamalot 
                                “...Warren Kelley portrays King Arthur and anchors the story with an assured performance...singing wonderfully...
                                and absurdly hilarious...”
  • The Woman in Black 
                                “...Kelley is an excellent older Kipps, weary and terrified, struggling with the inner weight he carries, 
but he's equally fine as he inhabits the roles of his many characters...a catharsis...”
  • Around the World in 80 Days 
                                “...Lyceum veteran plays Detective Fix and many other outrageous characters...it strikes 
the perfect balance between thrills, romance and extremely funny comic business...
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor “...Kelley scores as both jealous Master Ford and his alter ego, Master Brook, a flamboyant, heavily accented Spanish musician, (paging Ricky Ricardo)...“
  • Inherit The Wind “...The back-and-forth exchange between actors Kurt Rhoads and 
Warren Kelley was simply mesmerizing...individually, their performances 
were superb, but the dramatic tension between them was palpable...“

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Film / Television

BIRDMAN
BLUE BLOODS
THE BLACKLIST
TEN THOUSAND SAINTS (w/ Ethan Hawke)
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
HOUSE OF CARDS
LAW and ORDER: SVU
THE OTHER GUYS (w/ Will Ferrell)
LAW and ORDER: SVU
CHAPPELLE’S SHOW

Role

Riggan’s Dresser – Supporting
Bank Manager - Guest Star
Burt Meagher - Co-Star
The Minister - Supporting
David Hewson – Recurring
“Glen Beck” – Co-Star
George Overby – Co-Star
NYSE Official - Supporting
ER Dr. Turk – Co-Star
Music CEO - Co-Star

Director

Dir. Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
Dir. Robert Harmon
Dir. Peter Werner
Dirs. Shari Springer Berman & Bob Pulcini
Dir. Allen Coulter
Dir. David Fincher
Dir. Jonathan Herron
Dir. Scott McKay
Dir. Aaron Lipstadt
Dir. Todd Broder

New York Theatre

HAZEL (Broadway Lab)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (by Patrick Barlow)
THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE
ENGAGING SHAW (NY Times Critics Pick)
THE AHHH FACTOR (by Bruce Graham)
ELVIS AND JULIET (w/ Fred Willard)
STRINGS (w/ Keir Dullea)
RIVER’S END (w/ Phyllis Somerville)
BAKER STREET (w/ Simon Jones)

Role

Bonkers Johnson
Ebenezer Scrooge - Standby
Trenchard Voysey
George Bernard Shaw
Robert
Owen Heathcliff Jones
Rory
Kent, et. al
Lestrade

Theatre

The Lyric Theatre
Theatre at St. Clements
Mint Theatre Co.
Abingdon Theatre Co.
The Clurman
Abingdon Theatre Co
78th St. Theatre Lab
NYMF
York Theatre Co.

Regional Theatre (Partial List)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
THE FOREIGNER
33 VARIATIONS
OLIVER!
KING LEAR
BOOKENDS (World Premiere / by M.J. Feely)
THE GIFT (World Premiere / by Will Stutts)
SPAMALOT
THE UNEXPECTED GUEST (by Agatha Christie) BOEING BOEING
A TUNA CHRISTMAS
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
THE PRODUCERS
ART
SLEUTH
OPUS
MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS
THE BEST MAN (w/ Billy Campbell and Celia Weston)
THE MISER
A PENNY FOR A SONG (by John Whiting)
MISALLIANCE
SYLVIA
TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR (by Seth Rozin)
ABIGAIL’S PARTY (by Mike Leigh)
NOISES OFF
BYE BYE BIRDIE
HOUDINI
DEAR WORLD (w/ Sally Anne Howes)
LEND ME A TENOR
INHERIT THE WIND
THE FULL MONTY
EVIE’S WALTZ (by Carter W. Lewis)
CHARACTER ASSASSINS (by Charlie Schulman)
BACH AT LEIPZIEG
LONELY PLANET (by Steven Dietz)
BELOW THE BELT (by Richard Dresser)
BLITHE SPIRIT
DINNER WITH FRIENDS
MY FAIR LADY
THE LADIES MAN (by Feydeau and Charles Morey)
SCOTLAND ROAD (by Jeffrey Hatcher)
ALL MY SONS
ZORBA (w/ Anita Gillette and Ron Holgate)

Role

Atticus Finch
Master Ford
Fredrik Egerman
Arthur Kipps
Charlie Baker
Beethoven
Fagin
Duke of Albany
Elia Kazan
Truman Capote
King Arthur
Title Role
Robert
Thurston / Bertha / et. al
Vanya
Roger De Bris
Yvan
Milo Tindle
Dorian
David O. Selznick
Sheldon Marcus
La Fleche
Samuel Breeze
Percival
Greg
Zeblyan
Laurence
Freddy
Harry MacAfee
Florenz Zeigfeld
The President
Saunders
Mathew Harrison Brady
Harold
Clay
Simon Frank
Georg Lenck
Carl
Dobbit
Charles Condomine
Gabe
Henry Higgins
Dr. Hercule Molineaux
John
Frank
Konstandi

Theatre

Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Fulton Theatre
Fulton Theatre
Festival Stage of Winston-Salem
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Walnut Street Theatre
Walnut Street Theatre
Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Riverside Theatre
Riverside Theatre
Riverside Theatre
Riverside Theatre
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Cape Playhouse
Pioneer Theatre Co.
Pioneer Theatre Co.
Pioneer Theatre Co.
Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
Two River Theatre Co.
Two River Theatre Co.
Goodspeed Opera House
Goodspeed Opera House
Goodspeed at Chester
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
New Jersey Repertory Co.
New Jersey Repertory Co.
Florida Stage
Florida Stage
Florida Stage
River Rep at Ivoryton
River Rep at Ivoryton
River Rep at Ivoryton
Sierra Repertory Theatre
Seven Angels Theatre
Emelin Theatre
North Shore Music Theatre

Training - MFA Temple University, Michael Howard

Dialects - British, Cockney, Irish, Russian, French, German, Indian, Spanish, etc,

Directors - Lucie Arnaz, Kate Alexander, Gabriel Barre, James Brennan, SuzAnne Barabas, Allen Cornell, Drew Fracher, Jonathan Fox, Quin Gresham, Michael Evan Haney, Jim Helsinger, Tom Markus, Charles Morey, Marc Robin, Michael Rothaar, DJ Salisbury, Jenn Thompson, Russell Treyz, Steve Umberger, Brian Vaughn

Awards / Nominations - BroadwayWorld Florida Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, Connecticut Critics Circle (4 times), Cincinnati Acclaim Award, Florida’s Carbonell Award, Screen Actors Guild Award: Best Cast - BIRDMAN

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Press

Selected quotes from various publications.

Bye Bye Birdie... Goodspeed Opera House
"...Kim's protective father, Harry MacAfee, is played by the incomparable Warren Kelley, who never misses getting show-stopping laughs with his memorable interpretation of this uptight character. And he raises that bar to new heights as Harry comes to life the moment he realizes he and the family will be on the Ed Sullivan Show. In the second act, Mr. Kelley truly hits all the marks singing 'Kids"...and shows off his dazzling acting and comedy chops..."
Connecticut Critics Circle

To Kill a Mockingbird... Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
"...Instead of 'doing' Gregory Peck, Warren Kelley turns Atticus Finch into...an earnest small-town lawyer who somehow finds within himself the power to rise to the occasion of defending a black man falsely accused of rape - and it works...it is completely involving and persuasive..."
The Wall Street Journal

Opus... Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
"...The performance of Warren Kelley raises Opus to something special. Kelley let's Dorian's blood flow through him and in so doing gives Opus a beating heart..."
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lend Me a Tenor... Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
"...The moment Saunders, played by Warren Kelley, burst onto the set, his energy commanded the stage and revved the show's comic engine..."
South Magazine

Strings... Off Broadway
"...The most absorbing play in New York today! The three main roles are flawlessly filled; Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, and Warren Kelley...a splendidly chip on both shoulders Rory..."
John Simon, Boomberg.com

Art... Riverside Theatre
"...Warren Kelley as Yvan is the show's highlight...he pops from frustration to fear of confrontation to despair..."
Florida Today

Abigail's Party...Two River Theatre Co.
"...Husband Laurence is still waters running deep and when the damn breaks, Mr. Kelley is at once powerfully sympathetic and sad..."
Peter Filichia, The Star Ledger

That Other Woman's Child...NYMF
"...as for the cast, the best performance comes from Warren Kelley as the likable family handyman..."
Curtain Up

Freudian Slips... Off Broadway
"...The other outstanding performance belongs to Warren Kelley...he is a delight, affecting an engagingly restrained behavior that makes him the perfect comic foil..."
Edge Boston

The Little Hours... New Jersey Rep
"...Warren Kelley is delightful...perfectly navigating that fine, elusive line where comedy and tragedy can co-exist in the same moment..."
Talkin. Broadway

Shoe Man by Jeff Daniels... Florida Stage
"...But the play's virtuoso performance comes from Kelley, who seamlessly shifts tone and body language for the roles of the Minister and the sleazy lawyer..."
The Miami Herald

A Flea in her Ear... River Rep at Ivoryton
"...The play rightly belongs to Warren Kelley. There is no one funnier on the boards today...Kelley is a born clown and sent to make us laugh..."
The New England Theatre Mirror

Bio

Warren Kelley resides in New York and has been a professional actor for more than 30 years.

He works in television, film, and has one of the busiest and most varied careers on the regional theatre circuit. Traversing between the classics, contemporary plays, and musical theatre, he is a veteran of over 200 productions to date.

Warren has appeared at Walnut Street Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Florida Studio Theatre, Fulton Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Co., and many more.

His extremely diverse credits include leading roles in works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Feydeau, Wilde, and Coward, as well as A.R. Gurney, Mike Leigh, Neil Simon, Donald Margulies, Michael Frayne, Wendy Wasserstein, Steven Dietz, Jeffrey Hatcher, Terrance McNally and Moises Kaufman, to name just a few.

Warren has worked with such prestigious Off Broadway companies as The Mint, The York, and Abingdon Theatre Co. In new plays and musicals he has had the distinction of portraying a long list of artistic luminaries: George Bernard Shaw, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Elia Kazan, David O. Selznick, Jean Cocteau, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conen Doyle and Truman Capote.

His film and television work includes: Birdman with Michael Keaton, Ten Thousand Saints with Ethan Hawke, The Other Guys with Will Ferrell, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Chappelle’s Show, and Law & Order: SVU.

Warren’s awards and nominations: BroadwayWorld Florida Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, Cincinnati Acclaim Award, Florida’s Carbonell Award, Connecticut Critics Circle, and the Screen Actors Guild Award [Best Cast – Birdman].

Warren has a BA in Drama from University of the Pacific and an MFA in Acting from Temple University.

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