Mike Dolan was born in Oklahoma City, but moved frequently as a kid. His father was a member of the Hog Farm commune, and his mother was a filmmaker. He attended 14 elementary schools. At 17, he dropped out of high school and moved to New York City to pursue acting.
As an actor in New York, Mike appeared twice on Broadway, opposite Derek Jacobi in Breaking the Code, and in the original production of A Few Good Men. His film work included working with great directors including Paul Schrader (The Light of Day), Mike Nichols (Biloxi Blues), and Edward Zwick (Courage Under Fire).
Utilizing the experience he gained as an actor, Mike wrote, produced, and directed the short film, Arrow Shot. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Arrow Shot played at over 50 festivals worldwide and was broadcast throughout Europe on Canal +, and in the USA and Canada on IFC.
After a three-year fellowship at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Mike's first feature film, Dance With The One, premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, and will soon be distributed by Film Movement.