5 Things! with Festival Teacher T.J. Mannix

For our fifth annual improv festival we asked our workshop instructors five questions to really get to know them!

T.J. Mannix is an 19-year veteran of the NYC improv scene. He has toured three times with The Second City/NCL, was an original cast member of the critically-acclaimed “BLANK the Musical” off-Broadway, and is the Founder/Producer of the 9th annual New York Musical Improv Festival. T.J. has taught/performed at the UCB, P.I.T., and Magnet Theaters and is a faculty member in the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the New York Film Academy.

T.J. teaches master classes across the world, from Vancouver to Berlin to Pittsburgh. His epic one-man, improvised musical “LimboLand” has headlined at the Vancouver International Improv Festival, Chicago Musical Improv Festival, NY Musical Improv Festival, San Francisco’s West Coast Musical Improv Festival, NC Comedy Arts Festival, and Improv Festivals in San Diego, Palm Beach, Pittsburgh, and Hartford.

T.J. recently scored the Law and Order trifecta, playing everything from an evil minister to an gay kidnapper. He has appeared in Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, As the World Turns, All My Children, and One Life to Live. T.J. is also known in NYC for his popular Commercial Auditioning classes for improvisors. He admits to spending a very dark year working as a Mousketeer.

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