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Associate Professor

John McManusContact Information


  • B.A., Theatre Studies, Empire State College
  • Diploma, Speech and Drama, Harkness Studio, Australia
  • Diploma, Eurythmy, Eurythmy Spring Valley

Courses Taught

  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech


John McManus is a theatre artist, originally from Australia, where he began his career studying Rudolf Steiner's creative speech and the Michael Chekhov acting technique. Later, he studied the voice and speech techniques of Patsy Rodenburg, Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Louis Colaianni as well as eurythmy (an art of movement). He was the artistic director of Walking the Dog Theater and Shakespeare Alive! He gives workshops at the Michael Chekhov Association and the Herbert Berghof Studios in New York City.

Professional Membership and Certification

  • The Looking Glass Players
  • Speech and Phonetic Pillows, Certified practitioner

Selected Artistic Works

  • Cymbeline, Director
  • Hamlet, Director
  • Othello, Director
  • Twelfth Night, Director
  • As You Like It, Director
  • Macbeth, Director
  • Pericles, Director
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Director

Selected Performances

  • Senseless
  • The Witch of Portobello
  • Hamlet
  • Richard III
  • The Tempest
  • Macbeth
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Cymbeline
  • This is Now!
  • Rumi with a View
  • The Snow Goose

Research Interests

  • Voice and speech
  • The origins of language and mythology
  • The Michael Chekhov acting technique

Selected Awards

  • Shakespeare Alive, Best Theatre in Education, Columbia Council of the Arts
  • Hamlet, Best Play, The Independent Newspaper
  • Cymbeline, Best Play, The Age