THE HEART OF WHAT I DO
Jamil A.C. Mangan is an actor, director, teaching artist and native of Newark, New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of the Arts (UARTS)
in Philadelphia. As a youngster, Jamil was a concert chorus member at the Newark Boys Chorus School. While a member, he toured the East Coast, Prague, Czechoslovakia and performed at former President Bill Clintons 1992 Inauguration. Mangan attended Newark’s Arts High School, the oldest performing arts high school in the U.S., and was a member of the National Speech and Debate Forensics League, garnering numerous awards. After graduating from Arts High, he studied theatre arts at the University of the Arts (UARTS), the first conservatory for the arts in the U.S. While at UARTS, he performed in several theatre productions including The Colored Museum as Junie, Piano Lesson as Boy Willie, and Mojo asTeddy. He also studied musical theatre at Syracuse University and piano with the late jazz pianist, Duke Anderson.
Jamil began his professional acting career in Philadelphia in the role of Orpheus Fisher, Marian Anderson’s love interest in the bio-play My Lord, What a Morning. Mangan toured the U.S. in My
Soul is a Witness, a play by David Barr, III, and produced by the Jena Company; and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry based on the book by Mildred D. Taylor. Jamil toured in a production of
Romeo and Juliet, in the role of Friar Lawrence. Other notable performances include Osembenga in Ruined by Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage (Philadelphia Theatre
Co.), Lost Boys Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages) with Emmy Award winner Kim Zimmer, The Three Musketeers (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) The Greeks (Manhattan
Ensemble Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Flat Black (Theatre Row, NYC), Grandmothers, Inc. (Billie Holiday Theatre) and Camp Logan (Kimble Theatre) alongside T.C. Carson and directed by Chuck Paterson. Mangan received the 2010 AUDELCO Award for Best-Supporting Actor for his role in the play What Would Jesus Do? and for Best Ensemble for the production of August Wilson's Women. He has performed in numerous productions of award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop and received a nomination for “Best Actor” in the Hartford, CT production for his MLK performance (TheatreWorks). He received numerous accolades for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Craig Alan Edward’s one-man play The Man in Room 306 (Luna Stage) and most recently starred as Harmon Wilks in August Wilson’s Radio Golf (Everyman Theatre).
Mangan made his directing debut at Newark Symphony Hall with the production of Gospel at Colonus. The Star-Ledger critic Peter Filichia wrote, “Jamil A.C. Mangan staged the show with
precision.” Mangan would later travel with Dramatic Adventure Theatre to Ecuador to produce and direct two shows in South America that were then performed at Teatro Iati and the
Richmond Shephard Theatre (NYC). Other notable directing credits include Omar M'sai's Leap (The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America), Sons of Johnny Johnson (Davenport Theatre NYC), and Alayna Jacqueline's All Of The Everything (Renaissance Theaterworks) starring Malkia Stampley & Chikè Johnson. Jamil has directed productions and readings for institutions such as Young Playwrights of New Jersey and Summer Music Institute and has provided voiceovers on numerous projects, most recently the award-winning documentary Gone Too Soon: The Life, Legacy and Loss of Newark’s Cultural Icons.
Jamil A.C. Mangan has been a teaching artist for several years working for many arts organizations throughout the tri-state area. He taught Acting for Film for Big Picture Alliance
(Philadelphia), an organization that teaches teens how to produce independent films. Jamil has been a teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Playwrights of New Jersey,
Steve Adubato’s Stand and Deliver and other organizations including Restore Kidz, Inc., Creative Arts Team (Cuny University)
Playwrights of Philadelphia, UARTS summer arts program and African Globe TheatreWorks.
Mr. Mangan uses the arts as a vehicle for self-expression, for the exploration of human nature and its significance in our society. His credo is borrowed from something playwright Amiri Baraka once said. “Artists have a job to do, and that is to awaken the subconscious mind of the community around them.”