Now working with NBC in New York, Erik Benjamin was once a camper at Acting Manitou and later a counselor. He joins us in the studio to talk about his adventures at camp as a southern boy meeting “intellectual New Yorkers” for the first time and how A Chorus Line at Acting Manitou helped to make him the incredibly astute and inspiring young man he is today.
Unity Phelan was both a camper and staff member at Acting Manitou and now dances with New York City Ballet. Hear her speak on dedication, versatility, and the joy of being in front of an audience.
Join us for a conversation with Kyra Tantao. A past camper, counselor and evening activities coordinator who is now the author of a brand new play being produced this year at Acting Manitou, Kyra has shaped Acting Manitou from the moment she arrived! We even give you a sneak peek at a scene from The Cool Kids Wear Black Lipstick!
Shayna Strype is an educator, theater maker, puppeteer and longtime friend and contributor to Acting Manitou. We are so happy to share this conversation we had with her with you, our listeners.
Original Hairspray and Bare cast member, Adam Fleming, joins Spencer and Chris to talk about his journey from the “old red hills” of Georgia to the footlights of Broadway and then to the foothills of Maine.
Paige Seber is quickly making her way into the NYC theater community’s group of constantly working lighting designers. Splitting her time between downtown and Broadway, she has her hands and designs in many projects around New York. We are so lucky to have her as a member of the Acting Manitou family!
Acting Manitou was founded in 2003 by two friends who had met the year before working at the McCarter Theatre. We brought them together to hear what it was like in the early years of camp and how they’ve seen it grow into the great community it is.
Ethan Slater is a creative friend of Acting Manitou. His career and creative life embody our challenges to “Take Joy in All You Do,” “Make Lifelong Friends” and “Be Inspired and Inspire Others.” Here he talks about his college journey, the inspiration of Tina Landau, and what life is like after Spongebob. He also takes questions from our listeners and plays a rousing game of… Kurt Russel!
Helen and Nancy Handelman are a true example of how Acting Manitou is a family affair. They have a legacy of reviewing performances and many memories at Acting Manitou that we chat about on this episode of AMPod. We also hear about how Acting Manitou gave them both a way of looking at theater that they carry with them today, Nancy as she prepares to study abroad in London and Helen as she launches her own journey as a director.
Michael has spread his infectious joy to so many of us through the years and time with spent with him is never enough. An actor, teacher, director and cozy apartment dweller, Michael tells stories of growing up on stage, memories of his time in Maine and what it means to be creative and magic!
Carolyn Kettig is currently at The Public Theatre in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She tells stories of her time at Acting Manitou and how the support she felt from her community there led her to pursue acting as her career.
Spencer and Chris sit down with Acting Manitou Alum, Amanda Phelan. Amanda shares her memories of being a camper, counselor and choreographer at Acting Manitou, her experiences at Tisch School of the Arts and as a professional associate choreographer, and her recent return to school to become a social worker for young people.