College Faculty, Musical Theatre Acting/ Acting the Song: Musical Theatre Performance Technique
A master teacher of vocal performance, Mana Allen appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Smile. Her former students have appeared in over 50 Broadway shows, including Hamilton, School of Rock, Waitress, Hello Dolly, Wicked, Beautiful, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Bandstand, Spring Awakening (original Broadway cast and Deaf West Theatre), Something Rotten, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, First Date, Holler if Ya Hear Me, Newsies, The Scottsboro Boys, and many more. Her students are also represented in off-Broadway, national, regional, and international productions, as well as television and film, and have garnered Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Golden Globe nominations.
Mana Allen currently also serves on the Theatre faculty of Barnard College/Columbia University and co-teaches the Fordham University Summer Musical Theatre Workshop with Maestro David Loud, as well as maintaining a private coaching studio in New York City. She served on the Acting faculty of the Molloy College Collaborative Arts Project 21 Theatre Arts program for 20 years as well as the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa and Norwegian Cruise Lines for four years.
As a performer, Mana’s additional off-Broadway, regional, national tour, and international credits include creating featured roles in 17 world premiere productions. She served as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador touring India and Sri Lanka in Once Upon a Mattress and her voice has been heard on cast recordings, television, and radio.
As a theatre historian, Mana recently co-curated the Prince of Broadway photographic exhibit celebrating Harold Prince’s remarkable career for the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre on Broadway. She has served as a volunteer at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center since 2008. Mana is a third-generation member of the Broadway musical theatre tribe, whose family stories appear in Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s book series, The Untold Stories of Broadway. Mana’s husband is silent film historian and accompanist Ben Model and their daughter Molly Model is a choreographer and performer in New York City.