Instructor, Digital Filmmaking
MILES DOLEAC, PhD, is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film, a singer/songwriter, and a historian. As a filmmaker, Miles has written, produced, and directed five feature films: The Historian (2014), The Hollow (2016), Demons (2017), Hallowed Ground (2019), and The Dinner Party (forthcoming, 2020). He has also produced and directed four short films (Two Birds, Light & Shadow, Handsome, & Ahura) and appeared in numerous films and television shows as an actor. Miles’ feature-length directorial debut The Historian, starring William Sadler, John Cullum, Colin Cunningham and Glynnis O’Connor won Best First Feature, Best Actor (William Sadler) and Best Supporting Actor (John Cullum) at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo. Miles’ second feature, The Hollow, a southern noir murder thriller, stars James Callis, Christiane Seidel, William Sadler, David Warshofsky, Jeff Fahey and William Forsythe. Miles won a Best Actor Award at the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo for his performance in the film. Miles’ third feature, Demons, a psychological thriller starring Andrew Divoff, Steven Brand. and John Schneider, released in theaters and VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment in October 2017 and won Best Narrative awards at both Rails to Reels and Fear Fete Film Festivals. As an actor, credits include American Horror Story (FX), Banshee (Cinemax), Claws (TNT) Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Lovecraft Country (HBO), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Treme (HBO), Watchmen (HBO), Breakout Kings (A & E), Complications (USA), Roots (History Channel), Salem (WGN), Underground (WGN), Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), Game of Silence (NBC), Valor (CW), Vacation (with Chris Hemsworth, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Leslie Mann), The Magnificent Seven (with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt), Don’t Kill It and Shark Lake (both with Dolph Lundgren), Cat Run 2, Bad Ass 3 (with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover), See Girl Run (with Adam Scott and Robin Tunney), Jake’s Road (with Eric Roberts), Mighty Fine (with Chazz Palminteri and Andie McDowell), The Livingston Gardener, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Rejects, and SyFy Channel Originals Swamp Volcano (with Brad Dourif and Rachel Hunter), Storm War (with Stacey Keach), Mississippi River Sharks, Santa Jaws and the MS-shot indie, Son of a Gun. Miles appeared in the recurring role of “Captain Lee Scott” on the CW’s (and Julie Plec’s) Containment. Miles appeared as a guest vocalist on Megadeth’s Grammy-winning Dystopia album (on “Conquer or Die”) and has written several original songs (along with composer/collaborator, Clifton Hyde) for his films.
In the world of theatre, Miles co-founded New York’s Southern Playwright’s Theatre Project in New York and starred in their off-off Broadway production of Horton Foote’s 1918 and produced and starred in an acclaimed production of Julius Caesar at Los Angeles’ Lillian Theatre. Miles directed recent theatrical productions of Into the Woods, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Evita The Rocky Horror Show, and Oliver! As an actor, he has appeared in productions of Les Miserables (as “Valjean”), Jesus Christ Superstar (as “Judas” and “Jesus” on alternating nights), Cabaret (as “The Emcee”), Camelot (as “Arthur”), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (as “Hedwig”), “Macbeth” in Macbeth, “Sheldrake” in White Christmas, “Captain Walker” in Tommy, “Che” in Evita, “Sam” in Mamma Mia, and “Bill Sykes” in Oliver!. Miles also serves as Executive Director of the Hattiesburg, MS-based, FestivalSouth Film Expo, one of the fastest growing film festivals in the region. He is a member of SAG, Equity, DGA and WGA. Miles is also an impassioned advocate of education. He holds a BFA in Drama from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, an MA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Ancient History from Tulane University. He has studied the history of antiquity all over the world, including at the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Miles’ book on Alexander the Great, In the Footsteps of Alexander: The King Who Conquered the Ancient World, is currently available at retail outlets such as Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble. His films are available on numerous streaming platforms and in retail outlets such as Amazon and Wal-Mart on DVD and/or Blu Ray.