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 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 for former President Bill Clintons 1992 Inauguration. Mangan attended Newarks Arts High School, the oldest performing arts high school in the U.S After graduating from Arts High, Jamil 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 as Teddy. He also studied musical theatre at Syracuse University, piano with the late jazz pianist, Duke Anderson, and was a member of the National Speech and Debate Forensics League.
Jamil began his professional acting career in Philadelphia in the role of Orpheus Fisher, Marian Andersons 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 also toured in a production of Romeo and Juliet, in the role of Friar Lawrence. Other notable performances include Osembenga in RUINED (Philadelphia Theatre Co.) Lost Boys Found In Whole Foods (Premiere Stages) alongside Emmy Award Winner Kim Zimmer, The Three Musketeers (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) The Greeks (Manhattan Ensemble Theatre), Ma Raineys Black Bottom, and Flat Black (Theatre Row), Grandmothers, Inc. (Billie Holiday Theatre) and Camp Logan (KimbleTheatre) 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 August Wilson's Woman.
He made his directing debut at Newark Symphony Hall with the production of Gospel at Colonus. The Star-Ledger critic Peter Filichia said, Jamil A.C. Mangan staged the show with precision. Mangan would later travel with Dramatic Adventure Theatre to produce and directe two shows in South America that were then performed at Teatro Iati and the Richmond Shephard Theatre. Jamil has directed productions and readings for institutions such as Young Playwrights of New Jersey and Summer Music Institute.
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 Adubatos Stand and Deliver and other organizations including Restore Kidz, Inc., 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.