Terrence Mann is the Carolyn Plemmons Phillips and Ben R. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Musical Theatre at Western Carolina University. Mann originated the role of the Beast in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast also earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for best actor for his performance as the Beast.


Highlighting Mann's stage credits are roles he originated on Broadway Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, his Tony Award-nominated performance as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and his portrayal of Chauvelin in The Scarlett Pimpernel. He also has taken the Broadway stage in Lennon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Getting Away With Murder, A Christmas Carol, Rags, Barnum, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Jekyll and Hyde. He is currently starring as Charles in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin on Broadway.


Mann's film credits include Critters, A Chorus Line, Big Top Pee Wee, Solar Babies, and he has appeared on television on Law and Order, Love Monkey, Mrs. Santa Claus, American Revolution and All My Children. He earned an Emmy Award nomination for his performance on the CBS show As the World Turns. He can currently be seen in the Sci-Fi Channels original series The Dresden Files.


Director and composer for the musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Mann is founding artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and served as artistic director of the North Carolina Theatre for 10 years, directing more than 25 musical productions during his tenure. He also was artistic director of The Lost Colony, North Carolina 's long-running outdoor drama.