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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actor
Stage Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actor
Stage Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Accomplished stage performer and director Douglas Alan-Mann was born in Chicago on June 10, 1952, to Malinda, a homemaker, and Donald, a truck driver. He attended Chicago public schools growing up, but graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, Michigan, in 1970. During high school, Alan-Mann was very active in theater, performing in various plays and productions. This passion grew into a successful career in the arts.

Alan-Mann has been involved with numerous Chicago-based plays and productions as an actor, director and stage manager, and has also worked as the production manager for the X-BAG Theater and later as the artistic director of the Chicago Theater Company. He has played roles in such plays as No Place to Be Somebody, Our Town and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and also appeared in the film Mahogany. In 1998, Mann worked on a theatrical production, A Red Death, written by David Barr, based on the Walter Mosley novel. He has worked on many productions making poignant commentaries about problems in our society.

In 1999, Alan-Mann directed another Barr play, The State of Mississippi vs. Emmett Till, presented by the Pegasus Players. The play was based on the tragic historical events of 1955 - during the civil rights movement - when fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In an eye-opening case that revealed much of the ugliness of racism in America, the two men responsible for this heinous crime were found innocent. Also in 1999, Alan-Mann adapted a highly acclaimed original play, The Journal of Ordinary Thought, dramatizing everyday life for African Americans in Chicago neighborhoods. In 2001, he directed another Barr creation, Billy, based on a novel by Albert French. This play relays the story of a ten-year-old African American boy convicted and executed for killing a white girl in self-defense.

In 1975, Mann was awarded a Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for his performance in Where is the Pride, Where is the Joy? at the X-BAG Theater.

Douglas Alan-Mann passed away on April 22, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Douglas Alan-Mann narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Douglas Alan-Mann's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about his parents and his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Douglas Alan-Mann lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes his paternal grandmother, Vivian McPhan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes his parents and his family's move to Bangor, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about growing up in Chicago, Illinois and in Bangor, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes his favorite grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about the grade schools he attended in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Douglas Alan-Mann recalls high school experiences including his prom at Bangor High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes his return to Chicago, Illinois and the beginning of his acting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about his first paying job, a commercial for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes the beginning of the Chicago Theater Company and his entry into voiceover work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about the Chicago Theater Company's operations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about audience reaction to the performances at the Chicago Theater Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Douglas Alan-Mann reflects upon his three favorite plays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Douglas Alan-Mann describes his hopes for the Chicago Theater Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Douglas Alan-Mann shares his advice for young actors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Douglas Alan-Mann compares theater and film
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about the lack of films that reflect African American life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about his younger sister, Ursula Mann
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about his son, Dealan Mann
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about why he is single
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about writing and directing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about his relationship with his father and his mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Douglas Alan-Mann reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about the impact of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Douglas Alan-Mann talks about how he selects pieces to produce