A Bay Area native, Felciano was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Tobias Ragg in John Doyle's acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd. He was acclaimed for his recent performance as Tateh in the Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime, which is moving to Broadway without him this fall.
Felciano appeared on the A.C.T. stage last season as Jerry in Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo and as Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll. Felciano is set to appear in three productions in the 2009–10 season. He'll play The Representative of the National Association of Turkey and Turkey Products Manufacturers in David Mamet's November (Oct. 23-Nov. 15); Azdak in John Doyle's new take on Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Feb. 18–March 14, 2010); and Norman, the misguided lothario at the heart of Alan Acykbourn's Round and Round the Garden (April 29–May 23, 2010).
A.C.T. core acting company members also act as teachers and mentors in A.C.T.'s master of fine arts program; Felciano is already slated to direct the fall musical showcase for the class of 2011.
Tickets for all productions of A.C.T.'s 2009–10 season are now available through A.C.T. Ticket Services at (415) 749-2228 or on the A.C.T. website at www.act-sf.org.
"It's always exhilarating to welcome a major new artist into the A.C.T. family," stated A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. "Manoel Felciano brings a wealth of talent, energy, passion, and creativity to the table — a consummate musician and singer as well as a transformative actor and compassionate teacher, he is an artist of many appetites. He is anxious to grow in many directions at A.C.T.: as an actor, teacher, director, developer of new work, and an active participant in the life of the whole institution. Because he's native to San Francisco, he is truly excited to reconnect to this community in the broadest way possible. He will be a major driver in moving the core company forward and developing it in new ways." Felciano has also appeared on Broadway in Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Trumpery (Atlantic Theater Company), Shockheaded Peter and Much Ado About Nothing (New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater), plus many regional theatre credits.
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