“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms,
The most immediate way in which a
human being can share with
Another the sense of what it is to be a
— Thornton Wilder
Professor Mann has been a professional actress since 1980, working in theater, film and television in NYC and regionally. She has played leading roles in both classic and contemporary plays in theaters nationwide, including Playwright’s Horizons in NYC, Delaware Theatre Company, Barter Theatre in VA, Players Theatre in Ohio, Attic Theatre in Detroit, and most recently The Oldcastle Theatre and the Dorset Theatre Festival in VT. She has appeared in national print ads and television commercials for Woman’s World, Citibank, American Airlines and Palmolive.
University of Minnesota
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Theatre Arts/English ‘75
Actors Equity Association
Screen Actors Guild
AFTRA (Television & Radio)
“An Unmarried Woman”(dir by Paul Mazursky, 1977)
“Interiors” (dir by Woody Allen, 1979)
“Son of the Circus” (premiere public reading by John Irving, 2000)
“Live Free or Die” (dir by John Limotte, 2004)
From 1988-2006 she was a Company Member of the Dorset Theatre Festival, Vt., where she performed in 20 productions and garnered four Best Actress Awards. In 2006 she was Co-Artistic director of DTF, overseeing the Actors Conservatory Program. She directed THE HEIDI CHRONICLES in August 2006 with the Conservatory students.
In addition to acting and directing, Paula Mann has worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles related to the performing arts for national periodicals. Her work has been published in Woman’s World, Backstage, Penthouse, Review, and American Way magazines.
Professor Mann has been on the faculty of GMC since 2004. Her teaching curriculum includes Acting I, Acting II (scene study), Theater: Audience Environment; Speech Communications, Nature in Theater and Film, and ELA core courses Images of Nature and Voices of Community. She has directed GMC mainstage productions of the plays THE DINING ROOM (2006), MAJOR BARBARA (2007), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, ANGELS IN AMERICA, GRAPES OF WRATH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and co-directed and appeared in OUR TOWN (2008). She also teaches acting for The Academy for Lifelong Learning and The New England Suzuki Workshop
In the fall of ’07 Mann appeared on stage in a leading role in the Oldcastle Theatre Company production and VT premiere of a new Lee Blessing play A BODY OF WATER. In November ’08, she played Mrs. Webb in Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN, which was a joint production with the Oldcastle Theatre; involving GMC faculty and students with community members and professional actors. In 2010 Mann performed the role of Amanda Wingfield on stage with GMC students in “The Glass Menagerie”. She most recently appeared at the Oldcastle Theatre Company in the contemporary plays “Third” by Wendy Wasserstein, “Rembrandt’s Gift” by Tina Howe and in 2013 she played Bea in a revival of Jerry Sterner’s comedy “Other People’s Money”. Performances took place in GMC’s Ackley Theater and the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, Vt. Next fall she is scheduled to appear in Wendy Wasserstein’s last play THIRD at the Oldcastle Theatre.