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.