Chris Bournea (bor-NAY) directed and produced the documentary Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring. He is a journalist, author and filmmaker based in Columbus, Ohio, where many of the wrestlers trained during the sport's golden age in the 1930s through the 1960s.
Bournea is the co-author, with Raymond Lambert, of the acclaimed nonfiction book All Jokes Aside: Standup Comedy Is a Phunny Business. The book offers a backstage look into Lambert's successes, failures and lessons learned running the legendary Chicago comedy club All Jokes Aside in the 1990s. The venue was a "star factory" that helped launch the careers of Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Mo'Nique, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, Carlos Menica, Dave Chappelle and many others.
Bournea is also the author of the novel The Chloe Chronicles, which invites readers along on the globe-hopping adventures of an exotically beautiful, multiracial young woman named Chloe Bareaux. He is currently working on a new, updated edition of The Chloe Chronicles.
Bournea also wrote and directed the dramatic play, The Springtime of Our Lives, which debuted at the Columbus Performing Arts Center in October 2013 and played Cleveland's Playhouse Square in June 2014.