Manna Nichols is a New York City based actor, who grew up throughout the midwest. She has performed on Broadway in Allegiance, starring Lea Salonga and George Takei. She also toured the country in the First National Tour of Lincoln Center’s The King & I in the role of Tuptim. Off-Broadway she appeared in and sang on the album of Tokio Confidential as Sachiko; and performed the role of Maria D’Avalos in Death for Five Voices. Other credits around the nation include My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) at Arena Stage in Washington DC; The Music Man (Marian Paroo) at Arizona Theatre Company, Miss Saigon (Kim) in the Kansas City Starlight Tour, Walnut Street Theatre, and Fulton Theatre; Les Miserables (Eponine) at Pioneer Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre; The King & I (Tuptim) at Walnut Street Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre; Austen’s Pride (Jane Bennet) at The 5th Avenue in Seattle; Sense & Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill (Marianne Dashwood) at Virginia Stage; Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown) at Goodspeed Opera House; South Pacific (Liat) at The Guthrie; Annie (Grace Farrell) at North Carolina Theatre; Hair (Crissy) at Geva Theatre. She has performed in concert with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as various USO Show Troupe shows. Her film credits include Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson (role of Minya), and Disney’s Live Action Beauty & the Beast (background vocals).
As an educator, she earned a bachelor’s in K-12 Music Education, with a Choral Conducting Emphasis from Western Michigan University, and a masters degree in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has taught private students piano, voice, and sight-singing in NYC and while on tour across the nation. Manna has also taught student master classes for Seattle 5th Avenue, Goodspeed Opera House, Three Rivers Music Theatre, among others. She has filled in at NYU Tisch as an adjunct professor for sight-singing and singing for actors. She studied piano throughout all of her schooling, and played multiple instruments in the concert/marching/jazz bands, and orchestras. She has always loved and felt comfortable in the classroom setting and especially loves helping musical theater artists develop!