Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Musical Theatre
The originator of the role of the Beast in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, Terrence Mann is WCU’s Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Musical Theatre.
Mann, who earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for best actor for his performance of the Beast, joined the WCU faculty in fall 2006.
Highlighting Mann's stage credits are several roles he originated on Broadway —a memorable turn as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, his Tony Award-nominated performance as Inspector Javert in Les Mis, and his portrayal of Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He also has taken the Broadway stage in Lennon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Getting Away With Murder, A Christmas Carol, Rags, Barnum, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Jekyll and Hyde.
Mann's film credits include Critters, A Chorus Line, Big Top Pee Wee, Solar Babies, and he has appeared on television on Law and Order, Love Monkey, Mrs. Santa Claus, American Revolution and All My Children. He earned an Emmy Award nomination for his performance on the CBS show As the World Turns.
Director and composer for the musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Mann is founding artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and served as artistic director of the North Carolina Theatre for 14 years, directing more than 25 musical productions during his tenure. He also was artistic director of The Lost Colony, North Carolina’s long-running outdoor drama.