Manon Manavit (BFA Université Concordia, MFA CalArts) is an interdisciplinary arts & culture producer, director, and educator interested in true stories told through a mytho-poetic lens.
She has written/directed numerous plays in historic sites and public spaces including THE MYSTERIES OF JEAN THE BIRDCATCHER inspired by Jean Cocteau, performed at the 1767 Historic Cliveden Estate, and MICHAEL THE REBEL adapted from Heinrich von Kleist for the 1888 Horner Memorial Library at the German Society of Pennsylvania. In 2020 she staged the noir play CITY OF GHOSTS inspired by Paul Auster's New York Trilogy at the 1875 Old Arlington Hotel in Narrowsburg, NY. She has curated performance installations for the Autry Museum of the American West, Little Berlin Gallery, and Slought Foundation.
As Former Choreography Assistant to Debra Brown of Cirque Du Soleil, she worked on international productions as an acting coach for circus and dance performers (Ritmos De La Noche, Vallarta Adventures, Brace Yourself 2013 World Dance Awards).
She has consulted for the 2014 Philadelphia Freedom Festival, LA Opera, Capitol Records, Rock Mafia Studios, and The Wooster Group and written storylines and characters drawn from world mythology for RESONANCE: JOURNEY TO THE BLUE TEMPLE, an Augmented Reality enhanced card game.
In 2017 she was awarded a national Citizen Artist Fellowship to teach Poetry and Theater at the Sonia Sotomayor School of History and Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Her work continues as a freelance teaching artist in the greater New York City area, recently at the Bethel Woods Center and Chi Hive Wellness Studio.
She is an associate producer of community events including the Deep Water Literary Festival and North American Cultural Laboratory 'Deep Space Residency' season, and active member of the Farm Arts Collective ensemble, a farm-based community hub where art and performance intersect with agrarian and ecological ideas.