Ross Manson is a director, an actor, a translator, and the founding artistic director of Volcano, an internationally acclaimed independent theatre company based in Toronto. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Manson has directed twenty shows for Volcano, that have toured three continents, and won or been nominated for over fifty local, national and international awards. His ties to Germany include a directing apprenticeship at the Stadttheater Frieburg (in 1992), acting work for Munich's Sigrid Herzog (Big and Little by Botho Strauss, in Toronto), a tour to Berlin’s Kesselhaus of The Four Horsemen Project (a sound poetry/animation/dance piece), and a close collaboration with playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig. He directed the Canadian Premiere of Schimmelpfennig's The Arabian Night (die Arabische Nacht) and The Golden Dragon (der Goldene Drache) and commissioned Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God (Peggy Pickit Sieht das Gesicht Gottes) as part of the Africa Trilogy - an international collaboration examining the relationship between Africa and the West. His latest project was a site-specific staging of a Handel opera in a Toronto hotel, with a new libretto in English (A Synonym for Love). His last appearance in Munich was as Robert in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal for BeMe Theatre.
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