George Contini is an Associate Professor in the University of Georgia's Theatre and Film Studies Department where he specializes in Characterization (Michael Chekhov), Solo Performance, and Acting on Camera. In addition to teaching full time, George maintains a career as an actor, director, and playwright. Most recently he appeared in The Explorer's Club at the Aurora Theatre. His original solo show ManActress (formerly Put It In the Scrapbook) has toured to the Chicago Fringe Festival and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Other Atlanta credits include directing Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Aurora Theatre and the South Regional Premiere of Assistance at Pinch N Ouch Theatre. He was seen as Reverend Howard Finster in the World Premiere of Hidden Man at 7Stages. Prior to that he was seen in Shear Madness at Alliance Theatre and The Big Bang at the Horizon Theatre. Prior to moving to Georgia, he was named Best Actor in Miami by the New Times and was a five time nominee for the South Florida Critic’s Carbonell Award. Favorite Regional Theatre Credits include: Tony in Shear Madness (Kennedy Center, D.C.), Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar (Actor’s Playhouse, Miami), Buzz in Love! Valour! Compassion! (New Theatre, Miami), Gooper in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Actor’s Playhouse, Miami), Larry in Burn This (Florida Shakespeare, Miami), Otto in The Food Chain (Florida Shakespeare, Miami), Sterling in Jeffrey (Acme Theatre, Miami), Buddy Husband in Secret Lives of the Sexists (Celebration Theatre, LA), Rosa Buxembourg in Blame It on the Big Banana (Theatre Offensive, Boston), Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Actor’s Playhouse), and Lord Edgar/Jane in Mystery of Irma Vep (Worcester Forum). Also a playwright and filmmaker, his plays jumping through windows (Carbonell Nomination) and midnight scrabble were produced by New Theatre in Miami and his film adaptation of jumping through windows was screened at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. While at UGA , George has been highly engaged in applied creative research. He directed the first English translation of Augusto Boal's The Misadventures of Uncle McBuck. Among the diverse shows George has directed are A Lesson Before Dying, Pride and Prejudice, The 39 Steps, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grapes of Wrath, Dangerous Liaisons, Iphigenia at Aulis/ Trojan Women, Children of an Idol Moon, Pippin, Laramie Project, Lion in Winter, Fifth of July, Psycho Beach Party, Company, Raft of the Medusa, and the original opera A Good Man is Hard to Find. TV/Film credits include featured roles in Lifetime’s Shame II, Pointman, and commercials for White Castle, Motorola, LaBatt’s, and Toyota. George provided the voice and motion capture for 19th century vaudevillian Frank Bush in the innovative Virtual Vaudeville Project (www.virtualvaudeville.com). While at UGA George has been honored to receive many university wide awards recognizing his outstanding teaching and research including the Richard Russell Award, Sandy Beaver Teaching Fellowship, M. G. Michael Award, Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Jr. Faculty Fellowship Grant, Jr. Faculty Research Grant, as well as two separate artistic project grants through Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE). He has used these grants and rewards in his continued study of Michael Chekhov's Acting Technique and for the research and creation of his solo show ManActress based on the life and career of early 20th century female impersonator Julian Eltinge. Continuing his research on Eltinge, Mr. Contini is currently working on restoring the lost 1914 musical The Crinoline Girl: A Farcical Melodramatic Comedy with Songs. Mr. Contini received his MFA from the University of Miami, Florida in Film Production, and received his B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College with a double major in Theatre and English.