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Michael Manuel

 
Bio:
Michael Manuel was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He spent the greater part of his youth as a barker at the Puyallup Fair and riding the rails. In jr. high he was introduced to theatre and sketch comedy, although one could argue that he could not recognize the difference between the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Michael Manuel was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He spent the greater part of his youth as a barker at the Puyallup Fair and riding the rails. In jr. high he was introduced to theatre and sketch comedy, although one could argue that he could not recognize the difference between the ... (read complete bio)
 

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Dylan Godwin, Jay Sullivan, Melissa Pritchett, Sydney Haygood, Melissa Molano and Mic Photo

Dylan Godwin, Jay Sullivan, Melissa Pritchett, Sydney Haygood, Melissa Molano and Michael Manuel

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Sydney Haygood, Jay Sullivan, Michael Manuel, Dylan Godwin, and Mark Ivy Photo

Sydney Haygood, Jay Sullivan, Michael Manuel, Dylan Godwin, and Mark Ivy

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Bryan Dobson, Jonathan Kim, Michael Manuel, Amanda Pajer, and Kyla Garcia Photo

Bryan Dobson, Jonathan Kim, Michael Manuel, Amanda Pajer, and Kyla Garcia

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Jonathan Kim, Amanda Pajer, and Michael Manuel Photo

Jonathan Kim, Amanda Pajer, and Michael Manuel

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04/25/2017
Kyla Garcia, Jonathan Kim, Michael Manuel, and Amanda Pajer Photo

Kyla Garcia, Jonathan Kim, Michael Manuel, and Amanda Pajer

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Michael Manuel Biography

Michael Manuel was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He spent the greater part of his youth as a barker at the Puyallup Fair and riding the rails. In jr. high he was introduced to theatre and sketch comedy, although one could argue that he could not recognize the difference between the two.

After high school, Michael moved to Seattle and began doing open mikes and working in theatre (Empty Space, Group, New City, Seattle Rep and Village theatres). He was then encouraged by some to attend clown college, but there were no shoes that fit. Michael graduated from the M.F.A program at the Yale School of Drama where he studied with the legendary Earle Gister.

After Yale, Michael moved to New York to join the cast of the infamous improv sketch show, The Underground Soap, at the Cucaracha Theatre. While on the east coast Michael worked at Yale Repertory, Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre DC, TNC and 2 seasons at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

Los Angeles audiences have seen him at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Mark Taper, South Coast Rep, Cornerstone, About Productions, Geffen, Pasadena Playhouse, A.S.K. Theatre Works, Main Street Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Pacific Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Arena, Main Street Theatre, 2 seasons at Shakespeare Festival LA, a company member at A Noise Within (where he received a Drama-Logue award and LA Drama Critics Circle nominations) and most recently with Impro Theatre performing Chekhov Unscripted.
Michael is represented by Kazarian, Measures and Ruskin




Michael Manuel News

BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Revisits Classic Play OUR TOWN Photo BWW Review: South Coast Repertory Revisits Classic Play OUR TOWN
by Michael Quintos - May 25, 2022

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 three-act play OUR TOWN has a superb new iteration now performing at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA through June 4, 2022. Directed by Beth Lopes, the show employs a wonderfully diverse cast, as it re-stages its seemingly ordinary but ultimately impactful vignettes of everyday life.

BWW Interview: Impro Theatre's Sara Mountjoy-Pepka Bringing Her Full Self & Womanhood Photo BWW Interview: Impro Theatre's Sara Mountjoy-Pepka Bringing Her Full Self & Womanhood to Direct JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED
by Gil Kaan - Mar 31, 2022

Garry Marshall Theatre kicks off their 2022 season in their new GMT outdoor stage with Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted April 16,2022.   Sara Mountjoy-Pepka co-directs (with Paul Rogan) Impro Theatre company members and live musicians as they mingle amongst the audience having afternoon tea and delectable treats from vendors from the GMT neighborhood. Sara carved open some time to give me a peek into the behind-the-scenes of Jane Austen, as well as her own back story of improv.

BWW Review: South Coast Rep's 41st Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Remains Enc Photo BWW Review: South Coast Rep's 41st Annual Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Remains Enchanting
by Michael Quintos - Dec 13, 2021

While most Southern California theatergoers are likely more aware of the 'big deal,' direct-from-Broadway production of Charles Dickens' classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL now playing in Los Angeles featuring big star names in its roster, many should not necessarily bypass the other, less star-studded mounting now entertaining audiences in Costa Mesa through December 26, 2021---that's more subtle in its grandeur, but still just as enchanting and timeless at its core. SCR's 41st annual production now features Richard Doyle in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Impro Theatre Adds New Main Company Members Photo Impro Theatre Adds New Main Company Members
by Stephi Wild - Jul 14, 2021

The new Main Company members include expert improv veterans, accomplished theatre performers seen on stages throughout the country, and established actors appearing in dozens of films and TV shows. The Main Company's growth fulfills part of Impro Theatre's goal to expand the artistic voices within the company to better represent the global population and share more stories from different perspectives. 

Center Theatre Group Premieres OEDIPUS EL REY Online Photo Center Theatre Group Premieres OEDIPUS EL REY Online
by Stephi Wild - Nov 13, 2020

The multicamera, virtually produced reading of Luis Alfaro's “Oedipus El Rey,” premieres November 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific. The modern adaptation of a Greek classic is part of the “The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro” which is presented on Center Theatre Group's Digital Stage in partnership with The Getty.

WITCH, INDECENT and More Announced as Recipients of 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Ci Photo WITCH, INDECENT and More Announced as Recipients of 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle A Photo George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 27, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for the year 2019. This year they are forgoing their annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in the upcoming weeks: 

BWW Review: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATH Photo BWW Review: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATHER plumbs the idea of how memory makes us who we are.
by Harker Jones - Feb 17, 2020

Florian Zeller's brilliant play THE FATHER plumbs the ideas of memory and self, starting off light-hearted and slowly, piece by piece, descending into a harrowing and devastating freefall.

VIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina Photo VIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina
by Stage Tube - Feb 17, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

Review Roundup: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse - What Did the Critics Think? Photo Review Roundup: THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse - What Did the Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Feb 13, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

Michael Manuel Videos

VIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina VideoVIDEO: First Look at THE FATHER at Pasadena Playhouse, Starring Alfred Molina
by Stage Tube - Feb 17, 2020

Pasadena Playhouse presents The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, February 5 to March 1, 2020.

VIDEO: FRANKENSTEIN Electrifies Audiences at A Noise Within VideoVIDEO: FRANKENSTEIN Electrifies Audiences at A Noise Within
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 22, 2019

The California premiere of Nick Dear's FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Michael Michetti and adapted from the original novel by Mary Shelley, is currently running as a stand-alone production through September 8th at A Noise Within. This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile worlda?"only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destructiona?"has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dear's adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil.