John McManus is an Assistant Professor at Point Park University. He teaches Voice and Speech at HB Studios in New York City and gives workshops in speech and movement in high schools, colleges, and acting studios in Australia and the United States. As artistic director of Shakespeare Alive! Mr. McManus has directed many plays and has received theatre critics Best Play of the Year for Hamlet (2007) in the Berkshires and Cymbeline (2008) in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. McManus has directed and performed in many devised plays, as well as existing work, touring Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For film, he co-directed and acted in The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho. Mr. McManus is originally from Australia, where he began studying Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique. He has also studied the voice and speech techniques of Patsy Rodenburg, Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Louis Colaianni as well as eurythmy (an art of movement).