JOHN MICHAEL (MIKE) MANSHIP is originally from Raleigh, NC, where he began performing at age 18 with ComedySportz. After college, he moved to Boston and co-founded the unconventional comedy show, MOSAIC, which was listed first in The Boston Globe article "Five Productions That Make a Strong
Argument For Why Smaller is Better.” MOSAIC eventually earned a regular Saturday night performance slot at ImprovBoston and ran for four years.
As a WRITER, John has completed over 150 stage pieces ranging from full length plays to 3 second shorts, including the book for the award-winning T: An MBTA Musical. He published his first novel, Cambridge Street, in November 2011, and his second book, Off Track, which documents his vegetable-oil powered trip across the country, in 2014. The latter is available for download, pay-what-you-want, from this website.
As a PERFORMER, Mike has appeared on stage with over a dozen theatre companies, including ComedySportz (Raleigh), The Neo-Futurists (Chicago), Barrel of Monkeys (Chicago), and Zeitgeist Stage (Boston). He has studied with Mick Napier, Mark Sutton, Susan Messing, and Joe Bill (Annoyance); Tara DeFrancisco, Colleen Doyle, Jet Eveleth, and Bill Arnett (iO); Craig Uhlir, Michael Gellman, and Tim O'Malley (Second City); and Greg Allen, Bilal Dardai, Megan Mercier, and Kurt Chiang (The Neo-Futurists).
As an INSTRUCTOR, he has taught students from ages 5 to 25 the crafts of acting, playwriting, and improvisation. He has also facilitated anti-bullying and anti-violence workshops with organizations like Urban Improv (Boston) and Deana's Fund (Boston).