- Peter Manos
Peter Manos holds a doctorate in American history and is a professional playwright, director and actor who has worked extensively in New York and regionally and now resides and works in northeastern Ohio. He teaches American history at Cleveland State University and speech and theatre at John Carroll University and at Cuyahoga Community College. Manos is artistic director of Bodwin Theatre Company in Cleveland, specializing in classical theatre from Shakespeare to Sartre. His plays have been performed off-Broadway and regionally. His adaptation of Anthony Hope's swashbuckler The Prisoner of Zenda premiered at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. His comedy set in the Middle Ages, Golden, was recognized for excellence at the Centre Stage New Play Festival. Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad is not Manos' first play about the Underground Railroad. His drama 3,000 Miles Underground was performed at Cleveland Public Theatre's Station Hope festival in 2014 and 3,000 Miles Underground, Part II had its premiere at the same festival in 2015. His acclaimed play with music about the Civil Rights movement, Walk, Don't Ride! A Celebration of the Fight for Equality has been performed frequently by professional, amateur and school groups throughout the U.S. and is published by Dramatic Publishing. As a historian, he has published a book about the memoirs of an ordinary soldier in the American Revolution, Joseph Plumb Martin and the American Imagination. He lives in Cleveland with his beautiful wife, actress Sandra Manos, and three sons, Sean, Eli and Nicholas.