Acting Faculty Member
What Lights Him Up About Teaching?
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Get to Know K. Lorrel
K. Lorrel'S FAVORITE CHARACTERS(FILM/TV/THEATER)?
"Walter Younger" in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
"Levee" in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson
"Katurian" in The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Acting Faculty Member
K. Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer, director, actor, and musician who works in both theatre and film. His first feature film, Happy New Year, premiered in competition at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2011. The film, adapted from Manning's one-act play and award-winning short film of the same name, has screened at over two dozen film festivals around the world, winning a slew of awards, including the Discovery Award & Best Actor Award (Rhode Island International Film Festival), Audience Award–Best Feature (Oldenburg International Film Festival), Jury Award–Best Film (Beaufort International Film Festival), David Horowitz Media Literacy Award (Santa Fe Indie Film Festival), Best Film (North Country Film Festival), and Best Film (Peace On Earth Film Festival). The film was released digitally by Snag Films in 2013. He is currently prepping his second narrative feature film, Sheila & the Punk Rock, and two shorts - the Holocaust thriller The Red Shoes and the dramedy Nowhere - A Meditation on Life, Death & All the Sh*t in Between.
As a theatre director and playwright, Manning has worked extensively Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Most recently, he wrote, directed, and starred in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Awake, which received its world premiere at the Barrow Group Theatre Company. Other recent theatre work includes We Need P*rn, Model Activist, and Incident #19283746 for Theatre Revolution, Midnight Cowboys for Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, and a new, critically-acclaimed adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (co-written with Seth Barrish) for the Barrow Group.
Manning has an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts and a BFA in Drama from the University of Georgia. He is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. He currently teaches screenwriting, directing, and advanced acting at Sarah Lawrence College.