Brian McManamon is an actor, teacher, and acting coach based in New York City.


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Brian is known for his portrayal of Basil Karlo aka the shape-shifting DC Comics villain Clayface on the FOX TV show Gotham

He received a 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance in It or Her, part of terraNOVA Collective's soloNOVA Arts Festival at P.S. 122.  It or Her also played to sold out crowds at the 2010 Frigid New York Festival where it received the Audience Choice Award and where Brian was named “Best Solo Performer” of the festival by terraNOVA Collective.  It or Her was also presented at the Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Brian was most recently seen in A Power Play; Or, What's-its-Name by A. Rey Pamatmat at the O'Neill and These Paper Bullets! Rolin Jones's modish ripoff of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at Yale Rep, with brand new songs by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and directed by Jackson Gay.  Other recent world premieres include the New York productions of Jake Jeppson's play The Clearing directed by Josh Hecht (Theater at St. Clements), Bodega Bay (Abingdon Theatre), The Boat in the Tiger Suit (The Brick) and Chisa Hutchinson’s Alondra Was Here (Wild Project).  Brian has performed with MCC Theater, Mabou Mines, the Irish Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, the Abingdon Theatre, Youngblood, P.S. 122, Target Margin Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) among others. He is an ongoing company member of the Lark Play Development Center’s Playground; developing work with writers such as Thomas Bradshaw, David Simpatico, Sinan Unel, Anna Ziegler, Zayd Dohrn, Savianna Savanescu, Lloyd Sun, Jackie Sibbles Drury, Kenneth Lin, Christopher Pena, Lynn Rosen, Rob Ackerman and others. Brian is a proud member of the Actors Center Workshop Company.

Brian has played leading roles at regional theaters around the country including the title role in Hamlet at Burning Coal Theater, A Power Play or A Power Play Or, What's-its-Name by A. Rey Pamatmat at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwright Conference; American Buffalo and Skylight (IRNE Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) at the New Repertory Theater, The Clearing at Axial Theater, Single Lives at Boston Playwrights’ Theater, the world premiere of Sinan Unel’s play The Three of Cups at the Provincetown Theater Company and Aaron Jafferis’ Shakespeare: The Remix at Capital Repertory Theater among others. 

Internationally, Brian traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland performing in the world premiere of Pulitzer prize nominee Rolin Jones’ play The Jammer which received the festival’s top prize, the Fringe First Award.  Brian also toured to Zagreb, Croatia with the critically acclaimed New York based theater company, Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), a company of sighted, visually impaired and blind actors. He received a full scholarship to attend the British American Drama Academy (B.A.D.A.) at Oxford University where he worked with Caryl Churchill on her opera Hotel: Eight Rooms and She Bit Her Tongue both directed by Mark Wing-Davey. 

Film: Seeking: Jack TripperI am a Big Ball of Sadness…  TV: "Gotham", “Annie and Brie”, “Project Beth” and “Gossip Girl”

Brian has studied with some of the most respected teachers of acting in America and abroad including Ron Van Lieu, Mark Wing-Davey, Austin Pendleton, Evan Yionoulis, Andrew Wade and John Barton.  He has an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA in acting from the School for Theater at Boston University. 

In the Fall of 2015, Brian was named Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford. His first season begins in June 2016. 

He is currently directing at the Juilliard School and serving on the acting faculties of The National Theater Institute (NTI) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program in association with New York Stage and Film and CAP21.  He has also taught at the NYSF/Public Theater, Manhattanville College, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Yale University’s Dwight-Edgewood Project.

As an acting coach, Brian works with beginning and established clients for film, television and theater.  He specializes in preparing actors for graduate school auditions.  His clients have gone on to attend the top graduate acting schools in the country.  CLICK HERE FOR CLIENT TESTIMONIALS