Welcome to Chris Haley Online
Chris Haley, Aquarian, is a living breathing incarnation of his birth sign; “a universal man”. Actor, singer, writer, historian, producer, director, motivational speaker, this website exhibits a representative variety of who he is.
Director of both the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives research department and the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, he received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has served on the following boards: the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The RECONCILIATION WALK for SLAVERY and PENITENCE held annually in Annapolis, Maryland helped garner the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.
Haley has spoken throughout the United States on themes such as African American history, self-empowerment and genealogy. Some of the occasions include: the 2001 First Annual Simon A. Haley Memorial Conference at the Arkansas University at Pine Bluff, the African American Genealogical Conference in Los Angeles, California and the African American Family Reunion Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002, the 2005 Millennium of Ethiopia Celebration in Washington, DC, and 2007 Black History Month presentations for the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Bethesda, Maryland and the Department of Labor, in Washington, DC. He was Guest Speaker and Banquet Speaker, respectively, for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences in Indiana in 2007 and Philadelphia in 2008. In 2010, he presented the Banquet address for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree held in Burbank, California.
Among his dramatic stage portrayals are the paranoid schizophrenic Christopher in BLUE/ORANGE, the suspected terrorist Khaled in the 911 era black comedy BACK OF THE THROAT, bartender George in STOP KISS, Paul in SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Sterling North in PERMANENT COLLECTION, and Robert Earl Hayes in THE EXONERATED. Film roles include Vivien T. Thomas, the featured character, in the PBS special PARTNERS OF THE HEART, narrated by Morgan Freeman and small roles on HBO’s, THE WIRE. His musical talents have been flexed in the Saturday Sundown Coffeehouse, Cortland Repertory’s production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING as Finch, Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Ken in AINT MISBEHAVIN’ in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City’s Claridge Casino, and Napthali in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. He has been host and co-producer of two radio programs: Undiscovered Radio and Heart of a Winner with Sarian Bouma.