Jamil A.C. Mangan, actor, director, and teaching artist, visited Link’s performing arts classes this week to introduce students to the art of stage combat. The goal of Mr. Mangan’s lesson was to teach the students how to act out a combat scene in a believable manner without them touching each other.
Students are currently working on monologues in class, and some monologues have scenes with fighting in them. Mr. Mangan taught them not only how to play the aggressor but how to act the victim as well, with no pain involved! Student enjoyed the lesson and can’t wait to show off their skills – punching and elbowing as well as feigning injury – in future plays.
Mr. Mangan was invited to Link by Mrs. Sahirah Johnson, Link’s performing arts teacher. She said that the lessons learned will not only help students with their monologues but in upcoming productions, including Link’s winter and spring plays. Mr. Mangan, a Newark native and graduate of Arts High, Newark and University of the Arts, Philadelphia, has appeared on Broadway and in regional theater, on TV and film, teaches, and performs voiceovers.