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Josh Mann

Josh Mann is an award winning actor and writer. His NYC theater credits include The Tempest and As You Like It (National Tour and Off Broadway), The Booth Variations, Henry V, and many others. Josh was also a member of the resident acting company at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, known as “The Bats,” which has often been featured in the New York Times. Los Angeles Theater Credits include Fallujah, The Way of the World, The Busy World is Hushed, and the title role in Birdy (with the Ovation award winning Need Theater). Josh wrote and starred in the film “Distrust,” in which he won the best actor award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. “Distrust” screened at many festivals and is scheduled to air on Ovation TV. He is currently developing a feature film based on one of his short stories, and teaches Shakespeare at Windward School. He trained at Sarah Lawrence College, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and The British American Drama Academy at Oxford University.

Performing Shylock

Arts and Performance, Global History and Culture

The character of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice often inspires great debate and controversy. Was he a villain or a human being? What is this character's purpose? Exploring Shylock’s villainy raises the question of anti-Semitism, and this concept needs to be addressed in performing the role. This session will be a workshop in performing the role of Shylock from an actor’s point of view. How do we communicate the language of Shakespeare in the 21st century, and make it accessible to ourselves and modern audiences? Through a series of acting exercises and analysis, we will explore how to bring Shakespeare’s words to life in a modern context.

FILM: On the Road to Tel Aviv

Arts and Performance, Israel

It's just another day in Israel, as a young woman and her fiancé head for the bus she'll be taking to Tel Aviv to return to the University and her studies. But this is no ordinary day, and Israel is no ordinary place. This film shows how in the mixed up reality of war and terror, enemies can sometimes find themselves in the same boat -- or in the same bus. A young Israeli finds himself in a frightening situation when a suspicious looking Arab woman enters the bus his fiancée has boarded. He then tries to get his fiancée out of the bus without creating too much of a scene, but panic ensues and he must right the situation, as the realities of war, terror, and enemies are exposed.