Gloucester Stage Company Announces New Leadership for 2014

Costin Manu, New Managing Director of Gloucester Stage.

Gloucester Stage Board of Directors President Bea Waring and President Elect Robert Boulrice have announced that Costin Manu has been named the new Managing Director of Gloucester Stage Company. A veteran theatre professional with a 35-year career in the arts, Mr. Manu recently relocated to Cape Ann from Canada to begin his duties at Gloucester Stage. Board of Directors President Elect Robert Boulrice elaborates on Manu, "Costin has many skills. He has been successful more than once at knitting the theaters he manages into the fabric of the community. He understands the economic development potential that a business/theater interaction offers to a community. It will be fun introducing Costin Manu to the Gloucester community." Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric Engel is excited to collaborate with the new Managing Director," Costin is a great catch for the Gloucester Stage. He's a great administrator, a warm and articulate person, and a remarkably well-informed connoisseur of the theater. He's already proven to be a delightful and effective colleague."

Mr. Manu is looking forward to his work at Gloucester Stage and eager to begin preparations for the theatre's 35th Anniversary season kicking off on June 12, 2014, "My goal is to take the Gloucester Stage Company to a new level of excellence and I thank all our past, present and especially our future supporters for believing in us. I look forward to meeting each and every one of them at the theater this summer. It is quite an honor and a privilege to join such a prestigious company, known as one of the best regional theaters in the country and whose reputation is widespread beyond the borders of the United States. Gloucester Stage is recognized for its innovative and high-quality productions and I have not been this excited about being part of an organization for a long time. I can assure that the upcoming season is one of the best I have seen in years!"

A Manager, Producer, Director and Actor, Costin Manu has produced over fifty professional plays and musicals in English, French and Romanian and directed and acted in almost just as many. His background includes extensive experience in programming, marketing, publicity, fundraising and sponsorship as well as facility management and operations. Mr. Manu comes to Gloucester Stage from the Rose Theatre Brampton in Ontario, Canada. For the past seven years, he was the Manager of Programming, Marketing and Development at the award-winning Rose Theatre Brampton in Ontario and only until a few weeks ago, also its General Manager/Theatre Manager. In Brampton, he also held the position of Manager of Arts, Culture and Theatres for the city.

In 2006/07 Mr. Manu served as the Executive Director of the Sandusky State Theatre in Ohio, where he took a theatre that was closed for over 18 months and brought it back to enormous artistic and financial success which the theatre is still enjoying in 2014. Mr. Manu was Founder, Managing & Artistic Director and Executive Producer at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, a regional performance venue and professional theatre company in Ontario, Canada. He was also an Associate Producer for the hit comedy Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks on Broadway and served on the Board of Directors of Third Culture Theatre in Toronto, a theatre company producing shows that view the classics through a multicultural lens.

In 2002 Mr. Manu founded StageEnt, Inc., a Theatre Production, Management and Consulting Company. As the President/Executive Producer of StageEnt, Inc, he consulted on the future development of Canada's Theatre Cambridge. He subsequently became the theatre's interim Producing Artistic Director and immediately launched a drive to build a brand new venue and in 2011, the state-of-the-art 500-seat Dunfield Theatre opened under the management of Drayton Entertainment.

Throughout his career Manu has worked extensively as an actor and director in theatre and as an actor in film and television in Europe, Canada and the United States. On film, among many other credits, he has appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg in the feature film Four Brothers. Most recently he could be seen on television in USA Networks' series Covert Affairs and the Netflix series Hemlock Grove. A graduate of the National Institute of Film and Dramatic Arts in Bucharest, Romania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he also holds a Degree in Electronics Engineering & Communication Technology and an MFA in Arts Administration.

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