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Jim Manganello

Jim Manganello is a director of theatre and opera, a movement director, and an actor and writer for theatre. Jim's recent production of 'Lucia di Lammermoor' for Fulham Opera transferred to the Grimborn Festival at the Arcola in 2018. Jim trained at École Lassaâd, a physical theatre school in Brussels and received his MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College, University of London. Jim has been the resident emerging director at the Citizens' Theatre and Scottish Opera. While in these posts, in addition to directing productions, Jim delivered a range of workshops for community members, young people, and D/deaf and disabled audiences. He specialises in working with non-professionals and members of the community, and in this capacity he has worked as a director-choreographer for Perth Theatre, Blackheath Halls Community Opera, Fulham Opera, Shakespeare Schools Festival, and Fratellanza, the theatre company he co-founded in his hometown of Detroit. Fratellanza's productions include 'The Mute Quire' (Best International Production, Galway Fringe 2014) and 'The Judge', which is touring internationally in 2019. Recently, Jim founded Shotput, a company in Glasgow for actors and dancers who's inaugural peice, 'Ferguson and Barton', premieres in at Platform Theatre in March 2019.

Session: Telling Tall Tales (Multidisciplinary)

“It’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.” Alan Rickman

Do you love theatre and making new work?
Are you looking for a creative way to stretch yourself as a performer, director or storyteller?
Are you interested in developing your knowledge of and confidence in performance possibilities?

If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect course for you…

Telling Tall Tales will be a totally fresh look at making theatre using the desire to tell stories as inspiration. In addition to developing vocal, movement and performance skills there will be opportunities to try new techniques including physical theatre, mask work and puppetry.

The week is a chance to develop creative, directorial, performance and ensemble skills. The emphasis throughout the week will be on finding great stories and telling them well.

During the week you will:

This course is aimed at anyone, from performers to directors to teachers, who want to expand their creative practice and bring an injection of fresh ideas to their work.