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.