Main Company Michael Manuel

Michael is an actor, writer, director and arts educator with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He first performed with Impro as a guest artist in Chekhov UnScripted in 2012 and followed with Shakespeare UnScripted, The Western UnScripted and Fairytales UnScripted. He is proud member of Impro Theatre's Main Company.
In Los Angeles, Michael most recently appeared at the Pasadena Playhouse in The Father. He spent 2019 at A Noise Within, playing Tilden in Buried Child, The Creature in Frankenstein (LA Drama Critics Circle Lead Performance, Ovation Award nomination for Best Lead Actor, Stage Scene LA Performance of the Year, LA Theatre Bites Best Actor), and Iago in Othello. He has worked at many venues in Los Angeles and Southern California, including the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Geffen, Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles (6 Seasons), Parson’s Nose, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Hispanic Playwrights Project (7 seasons), Pacific Playwrights Project, Main Street Theatre (6 Seasons), Cornerstone, Playwright’s Arena, and Interact Theatre Company (company member). Regionally Michael has worked at The Alley Theatre, Yale Rep, Berkley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre DC, the Group Theatre, Empty Space, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Theatre for a New Audience, and the long running improvised sketch show The Underground Soap at the Cucaracha Theatre in New York, among others.
He has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, and has narrated several documentaries for PBS including Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle (Ruben), The Millionaires Unit and The Lafayette Escadrille as well as books on tape and video games.
Michael was an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University, and has taught seminars in Commedia and Shakespeare at The Gooden School, Harvard-Westlake, Westridge, Flintridge Prep and schools throughout LAUSD. He is especially proud of his work with the A.S.K Playwrights in the Schools program and About Theatre’s Young Theatreworks program with at risk students in Compton, Watts, Pacoima and East LA.


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