In a statement Mantello said, "I am looking forward to working with these gifted students and becoming a part of the New School faculty for this coming year. As is often the case with teaching talented people, the teacher gains as much insight or possibly more than the student."
Mantello will teach a year-long course on directing and will address the school in a town hall meeting where he will speak of his directing experiences and answer questions.
New School Drama director Bob LuPone stated, "We're excited that Joe will be bringing his incredible talent, critical insight, and elegance to The New School for Drama. His devotion to the theater and professional experience make him a superb mentor and priceless addition not only to the directing department but the entire school."
Mantello's directing credits include Pal Joey, November, The Ritz, Blackbird, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Design for Living, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, among others. He also received a Tony nomination for his performance in Angels in America. Mantello is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
For more information visit www.drama.newschool.edu.