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Also Known As: Joseph Mantello Died:
Born: December 27, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rockford, Illinois, USA Profession: director, actor

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Compact with dark wavy hair and large expressive brown eyes, Joe Mantello has established himself as a leading actor and director in NYC theater since the late 1980s. Born and raised in the Midwest, he received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. With his classmates writer Peter Hedges and actress Mary-Louise Parker, Mantello co-founded the now defunct Edge Theater in NYC. By 1989, the young actor had become associated with the famed Circle Repertory Company as both an actor (in productions like Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz") and director (with shows like "Imagining Brad"). He landed a bit role in Susan Seidelman's uneven comedy "Cookie" (1989), but found other acting roles lacking in both quality and number. After deciding to focus on a directing career, Mantello was offered a prominent role in Tony Kushner's acclaimed award-winning two-part drama "Angels in America". As Louis Ironson, a nervous, garrulous left-leaning clerical worker afraid of commitment yet coping with life and love in the age of AIDS, he demonstrated impressive range and likability. He received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches". Despite a growing...

Compact with dark wavy hair and large expressive brown eyes, Joe Mantello has established himself as a leading actor and director in NYC theater since the late 1980s. Born and raised in the Midwest, he received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. With his classmates writer Peter Hedges and actress Mary-Louise Parker, Mantello co-founded the now defunct Edge Theater in NYC. By 1989, the young actor had become associated with the famed Circle Repertory Company as both an actor (in productions like Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz") and director (with shows like "Imagining Brad"). He landed a bit role in Susan Seidelman's uneven comedy "Cookie" (1989), but found other acting roles lacking in both quality and number. After deciding to focus on a directing career, Mantello was offered a prominent role in Tony Kushner's acclaimed award-winning two-part drama "Angels in America". As Louis Ironson, a nervous, garrulous left-leaning clerical worker afraid of commitment yet coping with life and love in the age of AIDS, he demonstrated impressive range and likability. He received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches". Despite a growing profile as a stage actor, Mantello landed relatively few other acting roles. Like many New York-based performers, he made the requisite guest appearance on NBC's "Law & Order" (1991), as a public defender. His other small screen credits include a guest shot on "Sisters" (NBC, 1993) and a recurring role as an unscrupulous theatrical producer on "Central Park West" (CBS, 1995).

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  Bash: Latterday Plays (2000) Director (Stage)

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 Cookie (1989) Dominick
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1984:
Co-founder of Edge Theater in NYC with Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Hedges
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Appeared off-Broadway with the Circle Repertory Company
1989:
Made stage directing debut with "Imagining Brad" at Circle Rep
1989:
Film acting debut, "Cookie"
1991:
Joined the Naked Angels theater troupe
1991:
TV acting debut, made a guest appearance on NBC's "Law and Order"
1993:
Broadway acting debut, "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches"
1994:
Broadway directing debut, "What's Wrong With This Picture?"
1995:
Played recurring role of producer Ian Walker on CBS' "Central Park West"
1997:
Feature film directorial debut, "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
1998:
Directed by Terrence McNally in the controversial, "Corpus Christi"
1999:
Directed "bash," an evening of three one-act plays by Neil LaBute
1999:
Directed Marc Wolf in the one-person vehicle, "Another American: Asking & Telling"
2000:
Directed the Off-Broadway production of "The Vagina Monologues"
2000:
Directed the San Fransisco Opera premiere of "Dead Man Walking," with a libretto by Terrence McNally
2001:
Staged the Broadway revival of "Design for Living"
2002:
Directed "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg's play about a baseball player who discloses his homosexuality
2003:
Directed the award winning musical, "Wicked"
2004:
Directed "Assassins," the dark musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman about Americans who dream of killing their country's presidents
2005:
Directed the revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"
2011:
Returned to acting with the role of Ned Weeks in the Broadway revival of "The Normal Heart"
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Education

North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina - 1984

Notes

"If I hadn't gone into the theater I would be a painter. If I can find a visual gesture for a play, that triggers something" --quoted in The New York Times, October 30, 1994.

"This is going to sound awful ... but as boys, we're taught about power and about conquering and about acheivement in different terms than I think women are. So when you have two men together, it can be--though not always--combustible. I don't think it's just coincidental that gay women tend to stay together for longer periods of time, whereas men are always out there, hunting." --Mantello on the differences between heterosexual and homosexual relationships in Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1995.

He and Baitz were among the theatrical personalities featured in the November 1995 Architectural Digest.

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companion:
Jon Robin Baitz. Writer; director; producer; actor. Met in 1989; together since November 1990.

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