K. Lorrel Manning

Acting Faculty Member

K. Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer/director, actor and musician who works in both film and theatre. His first feature film Happy New Year, based on his critically-acclaimed play and award-winning short film of the same name, had its world premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and has screened at over two dozen film festivals. The film won multiple awards in the U.S. and abroad, and was officially released domestically by Snag Films in 2013.

Most recently, Manning wrote and directed three short films for Guggenheim Studios: The Great Love Rosemary, Pure and My Father’s Heart. All three films had their world premiere at the Rhode Island International Festival (RIIFF) in August 2016. He is currently prepping his second feature, Sheila & The Punk Rock, two original shorts, a television series, and is currently shooting a feature-length documentary on young painter Ludovic Nkoth.

As a theatre director and playwright, Manning has worked extensively Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. His critically-acclaimed play AWAKE, which he also directed, received its world premiere at the Barrow Group in January 2019. Other recent theatre directing work includes: a new, critically-acclaimed adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (co-written with Seth Barrish), The Unrepeatable Moment and a revival of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

Manning has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA in Drama from the University of Georgia.

STUDY WITH K. Lorrel Manning
Creating A Web Series

Creating A Web Series

Take your writing skills to the next level by planning, writing, and producing your own web series. Learn from award-winning writer/director K. Lorrel Manning, who takes actors from creating an outline to pitching the series. Students will leave with the first 2-3 episodes written. A web series is a big deal -- don’t do it alone.
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THE WRITING ACTOR

THE WRITING ACTOR

Do you want to play a role in shaping the industry by writing your own material? Writing can be a way for actors to take control of the casting process. Award-winning writer/director K. Lorrel Manning covers monologues, sketches, scripts, and screenplays. Come for the writing, stay for the feeling of freedom.
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ACCOLADES
“Lorrel gave us the permission and we ran with it. Do not wait for something to happen! He lets your creative energy fly.”
“I wanted the courage to start writing – and I got it!”
“I wanted to gain the confidence to write on my own - I definitely gained that confidence with Lorrel!”
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