Mark is completing his 8th year at Newman University as Director of Theatre. This season directing credits include "Barrymore" for the Forum Theatre Company, "Death By Chocolate" and "The Winter's Tale" at Newman and "Newsies" for Music Theatre for Young People.

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Mark is in his 8th year as Director of Theatre at Newman University.  This fall he directed Death By Chocolate as a dinner theatre offering on October 11, 12, & 13.  Then he directed a production of Barrymore for The Forum Theatre Company on November 1 through the 11th.  He produced the musical Mamma Mia in mid-November and hosted An Evening with Dante’s Inferno featuring Stanley Lombardo on November 28th.


This past spring, Mark  directed two musicals at once.  Suessical the Musical, produced by Music Theatre for Young People

May 4 – 6 and I do! I do!  at Roxy’s in late May.


In March mark directed a production of Lope de Vega’s The Dog in the Manger.


KRT recently presented The Three Little Pigs Go Surfing on Cheney Lake, by Mark Taylor Mannette.  Episode 1: February 3 at 8 am and Feb 4 at Noon.  Episode 2:  Feb 10 at 8am and Feb 11 @ noon.  Mannette also voiced the roles of Hinkley Pig and The Big Bad Wolf.

December 16-31, 2017 Saturdays at 8am and Sundays at noon, Kansas Radio Theatre presented: Who Killed Scrooge?  A retelling of A Christmas Carol with a murder mystery twist.   This is Mark Mannette’s script and he also voiced Arthur Baron (the Scrooge who is murdered) in the first two episodes. Then he voiced Detective Slaughter in Episode 3.

Previously, Mark’s voice was heard on Kansas Radio Theatre – broadcast around the state of Kansas from September 2, – 23, 2017- Saturday’s at 6pm and Sundays at noon. He played the roles of the General and Ivan Shark in The Adventures of Captain Hilltop.


Mark recently appeared as Leonato in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, presented by The Guild Hall Players September 21-24.


Mark directed Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Newman University in the Jabara Flexible Theatre at 8pm on October 12, 13, & 14 and 2pm on October 15, 2017.



Current Student "Mark Mannette is a charismatic and skillful actor, playwright, director and mentor who creates and instructs in the art of dramatic literature with great enthusiasm. From the roles he has played to the roles he has made, Mannette is a river of dramaturgical inspiration that ... read more >>
Former student “I say this with 100 percent honesty — if I had not gone to Newman and met Mark (Mannette, director of theatre), and had not been mentored by him, I would never have written a single work. He encouraged and challenged me to write and gave me so many opportunities. People ... read more >>
Susan B. Paschal, Fayetteville State, on A Sreetcar Named Desire. “Under Professor Mark T. Mannette’s sensitive but concrete direction this classic play by Tennessee Williams came to rugged life with visual intrigues, well developed character relationships and a perpetual flow make one forget the true length of the play. Amidst the cha ... read more >>
Jeff Wax, Actor and Director / Portland, Maine "The capacity to mesh and mold personalities and egos seems to me to be inherent in being a successful director and teacher in the field. Mark has repeatedly demonstrated his talent in accomplishing this very complicated task. I have personally observed Mark Mannette direct ... read more >>