theatre. film. photography.
Todd Manley came from the midwest U.S. to study and work as a theatre director in London. His debut work was an adaptation of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. Cask opened at the Old Red Lion in Islington, April 2015.
He has assisted on several productions including Wolf Kisses and Bazaar which opened at the Arcola in February 2014. Wolf Kisses transferred to the Old Red Lion in June of the same year. Todd also assisted with Fledgling Theatre's production of Modern Jesus.
At East 15 Acting School, where he is attaining an MFA in Theatre Directing, he assisted Richard III under Tom Attenborough.
Todd was born in Joplin, Missouri: the heart of the midwest. He joined the Carthage Senior High theatre department and quickly fell in love with the art of theatre, continuing his education and desire to work in the field all the way to the UK.
He studied at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO attaining a BA in Theatre Arts in 2010. After graduating he spent the following summer in NYC attending the acting intensive workshop hosted by Circle in the Square Acting School 2011 before moving to Washington DC where he played the part of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and stage managed for American Century Theatre. All this leads us to last 2013 when Todd began his tenure at East 15 Acting School in east London.
July 22-29 and August 10-29, 2015 PiTH by Katie Morrill will preview at Et Cetera in London before it moves to the Edinburgh Festival at TheSpaceUK.
May 2015 - For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang at East 15 Acting School.
April 12-13, 2015 – The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by myself, premiered at the Old Red Lion, London.
May 2013 – My Name is Rachel Corrie edited by Alan Rickman from the collected writings of Rachel Corrie, performed at MSSU, Joplin, Missouri, USA.
October 2012 – Z.A.P.S.: The First Hour by Brett Hecksher with Farmhouse Players, at the Rt. 66 Convention Center, Joplin, Missouri, USA.
November 2010 – Survival Guide, written and directed by myself with Farmhouse Players, in the Bud Walton Black Box, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, USA.
April 2010 – El Viaje, written and directed by myself for Upward Reflections One-Act Festival and Southern Players at Bud Walton Black Box, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, USA.
February 2014, July 2014 – Wolf Kisses by Paloma Pedrero, directed by Natalie Katsou for Close to the Wind Productions at Arcola Theatre, Hackney and transferred to the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington.
April 2014 – Modern Jesus written and directed by Chris Neels for Fledgling Theatre at The Nursery, Southwark.
February 2014 – Bazaar by David Planell, directed by Natalie Katsou for Close to the Wind Productions at Arcola Theatre, Hackney.
December 2013 – Richard III by William Shakespeare, directed by Tom Attenborough for East 15 Acting School at King's Head Theatre, Islington.
December 2012 – Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro, directed by Ann Grace-Lile at Joplin Little Theatre, Joplin, Missouri, USA.
The Cask of Amontillado. Director. Short film made at East 15.
Gone With the Wind Noir. Director. 60 second short film made at East 15.
The Gina Chronicles. Director. A series of three short films examining the relationships that surround Gina. Currently in production.
BBC Timewatch: Bonnie and Clyde. Actor. I played Buck Barrow in the dramatization of the life of Bonnie and Clyde for BBC.
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing, June 2015.
• Member of the Director's Guild of Great Britain.
• Four week residency at GITIS, the Russian University of Theatre Arts Moscow
• Four week residency at ISI, Institut Seni Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
• Modules led by accomplished theatre practitioners such as: Stephen Unwin, Anthony Clark, Robert Icke, Matthew Lloyd, and more.
MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, minor in Sociology.
• Scene Shop Student Assistant 2007-10
• Acting Student Assistant 2005-06
• Member of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honours Fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma Honours Fraternity, Show-Me Celebration Company, and Southern Players
• Outstanding Theatre Student (2010-11)