Joe Maniglia is the Education Director for Theatrikos where he oversees all aspects of youth programming, including TheatriKIDS. He is also adjunct instructor at Coconino Community College teaching Comparative World Religions, and a relief chaplain at the Flagstaff Medical Center.
From the nomination letter:
When a high-quality learning experience occurs in the context of artistic expression, the impact can be powerful and lasting. Such a scenario unfolded last February when Theatrikos Theatre’s youth education director Joe Maniglia and 13 young actors staged “The Diary of Anne Frank” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the young author’s death. Ranging in age from 10 to 15 years, the young cast captivated audiences during five sold-out performances that told the story of a teenaged Jewish girl and her family who spent two years in hiding in 1940s Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.
Maniglia is a veteran of the stage and brings a wealth of expertise to the TheatriKIDS program. He earned his BA in theater arts at Taylor University and studied at Chicago’s Second City Conservatory. In 2010 he became the education director for the TheatriKIDS program and has since directed hundreds of local youth in more than 20 productions. He’s also appeared on stage in several Theatrikos productions, most recently as Michael in “God of Carnage.”