Introducing Bodwin Theatre

Since 1999, Peter and Sandra Manos, along with Kevin Cronin, have been offering some of the best of classical, contemporary and original theater at no charge to the public, proudly offering "priceless theater ...absolutely free!"  Founded earlier by actor/ producers Carrie Bodenger and Lynette Winter (hence "Bod-Win"), Peter, Sandra and Kevin continued the efforts, drawing upon the broad pool of talented actors in Northeast Ohio, who eagerly embraced the concept of tackling challenging works and working tirelessly to prepare and present readings in quick order to both challenge and entertain the public. Bodwin is committed to providing opportunities for performers to work, train and develop as artists.

With a steady commitment, Peter and Sandra Manos have continued to offer priceless theater, absolutely free!

Peter Manos, Artistic Director, has been a director, playwright and actor in New York and regionally, prior to returning home to Cleveland. In New York, Peter was a successful writer and actor.  His dramatic interpretation of Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda was presented at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and his play, Colonel Chabert, based on the Balzac short story, was a runner-up at the L. Arnold Weisberger New Dramatist Competition and was presented at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre.  His Pastoral Symphony, inspired by the Andre Gide novelette, was given a workshop production at the Lamb's Theatre in New York and was awarded a Pilgrim Excellence in the Arts grant.  His revolutionary War drama,  Silkie, was a finalist in the National Playwrights Award.  In Cleveland, his works have appeared at the Cleveland Public Theater and Great Lakes Theater Festival.  Additionally, Peter performed at the US premiere of Brecht's  Roundheads and Pointheads Off Broadway and won a Best Actor Award at the Quebec Drama Festival.  His play about the Civil Rights movement, Walk, Don't Ride, continues to be performed by schools and professional groups around the country and is published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc.  Peter recently completed his PhD studies in American history at University of Akron. Peter and Sandra ManosPeter and Sandra Manos
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Sandra Manos is Bodwin's Artistic Associate Director, appearing at left in a production of Steel Magnolias.  She has acted locally at Dobama Theatre, as well as Bodwin, and performed numerous roles Off Broadway and in the New York region.  Sandra studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York.  She performed in Dobama Theatre's The Waiting Room,  Crossroads Dancing, The Heart Rising and at The Jewish Community Center's Judah's Daughter.  For Bodwin, her roles have included Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's  Ghosts, Eleanor of Acquitaine in The Lion in Winter, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Rosine in Colonel Chabert. 

Kevin Cronin is Bodwin's managing director, as well as promoter and actor. A lawyer in private practice, Cronin assists writers in the production of their works worldwide, represents children in Juvenile Court and promotes and protects the rights of cyclists.  At right, Cronin stands with an inspirational presence, Eva Schloss, holocaust survivor, whose family story was presented in the Bodwin production And Then They Came For Me.  Cronin appeared on stage at the Play House in Marigold Wars by Robin Van Lear, as part of the Cleveland Play House 2011 Fusion Fest.   Cronin's commitment to government and reform has contributed to a number of Bodwin productions addressing civil rights in the US and human rights internationally.  In 2002, Cronin was a local producer of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, part of world-wide readings of the classic Greek tale of war and resistance, at the outset of the wars in the Middle East. The Lysistrata Project generated more than 800 readings of the play, in nearly every country of the world. 

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