The tenth profile in the Cleveland Performing Arts Examiner ACTOR PROFILE series features actor and hypnotist, DON MANNARINO. This series (in interview form) is in process to “get to know” some of our own northeastern Ohio talent. Profiles will feature equity and non-equity actors, stage and screen actors, as well as young, old and in-between actors. These are your peers and your neighbors – please enjoy!
Full Name: Donald J. Mannarino, M.A.
Years acting: 20+
“Day Job”: Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotist
Resident city: Solon, Ohio
Kate Miller: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Don Mannarino: A Hypnotist *LOL* TRUE. Started in the 7th grade!
KM: How and why did you get into hypnotism?
DM: 7th grade after watching the movie Dracula starring Bela Lugosi – When Dracula says “look into my eyes” and women passed out, I WAS HOOKED!!!
KM: How does acting help with the hypnosis, if at all?
DM: Helps me to be able to relax and memorize my lines easier, and with greater clarity & recall. It enables me to ease into a character with the use of self-hypnosis, visualization and self-confidence!
KM: Why did you start acting?
DM: I was always gregarious and felt compelled to be in front of audiences ever since High School Dance performances. It attracted me as another form of communication.
KM: Any other actors in your family?
DM: Yes, my wife Grace and I met in theater 24 years ago. She is an accomplished actress, singer, dancer. My son Nicco and daughter Tessa have acted in numerous shows. They are involved in singing and dancing, and both have performed for Walt Disney World.
KM: Do you sing?
DM: Yes- bass / baritone.
KM: Do you dance? What’s your training?
DM: Yes- tap with Morgenstar Dance.
KM: Have you done TV or movies? How does acting for the screen differ from the stage?
DM: Yes. Stage is sequential with fluidity. TV/Movies are out of sequence and intermittent with lost of editing!
KM: What your favorite role you’ve ever played?
DM: Bert Jefferson in The Man Who Came to Dinner @ Playhouse!
KM: What is your dream role?
DM: To act in Hollywood opposite Pacino, Pesci, and / or Deniro.
KM: Who are your favorite actors and actresses?
DM: Al Pacino, Deniro, Joe Pesci – Lolita Davidavitch!
KM: What’s your favorite Deniro film?
DM: The Godfather.
KM: Why do you love acting?
DM: Expression…group inter-dynamics…love to rehearse!
KM: How do you prep for an audition?
DM: Lots of self-hypnosis & visualization.
KM: How do you reward yourself for getting a role you wanted?
DM: I train harder physically and start to work on the script right away… I think about the character and develop a bio as a reference and during interaction with the words and the other actors, and I modify accordingly.
KM: What do you do to get through a rough tech week?
DM: Keep an open mind – a positive frame of reference – balance everyone’s energy to focus on remaining concentrated and productive… but with humor.
KM: What’s the hardest part about acting?
DM: Not wanting to jump in and direct occasionally!
KM: I see you list both ping pong and billiards as special skills on your resume. Ever use those ping pong or billiards skills in a show?
DM: When in high school we shot a remake of the Hustler. I played Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman role) and we shot it on a 8mm.
DM: Weight lifter, boxing, runner, bicyclist.
KM: Do you have any pets?
DM: 2 dogs.
KM: Any particular venues where you work primarily? Or shows you’re working on now?
DM: Pickwick & Frolic. I am in a murder mystery called Murder on the SS FROLIC. I play the ship’s Captain.
You can get information about Pickwick & Frolic’s SS FROLIC at http://www.pickwickandfrolic.com/frolic/dinnershow.html.
Do you have a Cleveland performing arts related event or story that would be of interest to our readers? If so, contact KATE MILLLER at [email protected] with your pitch!