Alan Mandel joins SPAA having enjoyed a varied career as an actor, director, and educator across stage, screen, and audio.
After graduating from the University of Reading with a BA in Film, Theatre & Television, Alan worked professionally as an actor in film and on TV projects such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rocketman, Eastenders, War Horse, and most recently lending his voice to the Netflix horror film, No One Gets Out Alive. Additionally, he has worked on a variety of advertisements, off West-End and touring theatre shows, award-winning short films, and audio dramas.
As a director, Alan has worked across mediums with credits ranging from Director of the award-winning audio drama Red Valley (available on all podcast platforms), and Festival and Fight Director of the Stroud Shakespeare Festival (including directing Romeo + Juliet and Twelfth Night), to music videos for Electric Swing Circus and Belly of the Steel Beast, Assistant Director of the ambitious indie film project The Underwater Realm, and developing a series of anthropological documentaries for the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Alan is a dedicated practitioner and for 16 years has taught acting, directing, and stage combat workshops for up and coming artists in the UK and USA. He gained his teaching qualifications (QTS & PGCE) from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has worked as Head of Department and Course Leader in a variety of institutions, with many of his students going on to successful careers in the performing arts.