Manno, Dana

Dana Manno

Dana Manno (Dunham Technique & Afro-Caribbean Dance) began her professional career as a choreographer for jazz legend MaryLou Williams. She became a performer and then a teacher under the tutelage of Katherine Dunham. Her years as a faculty member at the Dunham School inspired her to create the 42nd Street Repertory Theatre that created the model for the current Theatre Row. There she produced and directed many plays including Blues For Mr. Charlie and The Connection. She has a B.A. in Dance and an M.A. in Speech Arts and Educational Theatre. Her musical production, Shuffle Along, went on to Broadway as the musical Eubie, which was nominated for a Tony Award. Ms. Manno's career as an artist has taken her to more than thirty countries. Her work as a director and choreographer includes film, on and Off Broadway theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Ghana Television, the United Nations and the New Zealand stage. Prof. Manno taught drama and dance for more than two decades at Adelphi University. She has also given Master Classes at Yale and Sarah Lawrence and Holy Cross universities. Her ability as a songwriter has taken her to the top of the charts. She has performed at the Apollo Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, La Mama, Intar as well as several New Federal Theatre productions. As Artistic Director of the PAKA Foundation, Dana has produced and directed productions at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the United Nations and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Dana is currently a faculty member at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and at SUNY F.I.T. Her most loved creation is her daughter, Chenana. Dana's roots hail from the island of Montserrat. "Love is the most important thing you will ever give or receive."