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David Mann Theater Artist

Dozens of professional productions

Nine critically acclaimed plays

Creator of the Guthrie Theater's Schools On Stage program

Award Recipient
Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship for Storytelling

Macbeth, 2003

In the past 35 years, David has directed or acted in dozens of productions ranging from Shakespeare to Disney. 
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 2006

To Kill a Mockingbird, 2013

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 2009

Hamlet, 2001

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, 2007

Macbeth, 2008


Mulan, 2010

Revelations of Mann, 2003

Romeo & Juliet, 2015

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David is the author of 9 plays, including 6 one-person shows. 

In addition to runs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, they have been performed in New York, Chicago, Edinburgh, and Vancouver.
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Writing and Performance for Teens

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David created and led the Schools On Stage artist residency program for the Guthrie Theater from 1998-2018.

In its 20-year history, Schools On Stage impacted hundreds of high school students in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Using David's curriculum, teams of Guthrie Teaching Artists worked with teens to create original performance pieces that the students performed on the Guthrie stage.


David created the program to give high school students a forum of expression for their creative voices. Centered on themes in Shakespeare, the students told their own stories with words, movement, and music. 

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