Meet the People behind 4th Wall
Some 20 years ago, Christine Manning had two great passions in her life. Her daughter, Alexandra and theater. In that order. Camp was born so Christine could spend her summers with her daughter in a thriving theatrical setting. Christine had no idea how transformative camp would become to her life or the people it would bring and the community it would build. Now, Christine has many passions in her life and is grateful to share her purpose with each and every one of the children that comes her way. In camp's 10th year, Alexandra became a Junior Counselor. In its 15th year, Head Counselor and since 2019, Christine is so proud to share top billing of Camp Director with her. Our mission statement has always been to tell a great story to those who would hear one and to pass that on to the next generation.
Christine has been the
Executive Director of 4th Wall Productions for the past 25 years and developed the Summer Theater Program now in its 22nd season.
Offstage, Christine is a corporate speaker for Employee Benefit Programs teaching the power of story telling, communication skills, conflict resolution and respectful workplace seminars for various corporations throughout the northeast. Mrs. Manning currently teaches drama at St. Columba School during the day and at night works as an entrepreneur empowering others.
Christine is the former Operations Manager for multiple shows at Madison Square Garden, an Event Manager for Viacom, Nickelodeon, VH-1, and MTV, and a commercial spokeswoman for multiple companies. Just recently, Christine worked with Soledad O’Brien on a documentary about long-term care. She recently shot several commercials for MetLife; One Love Foundation and a new asthma medication. Christine spent an entire season on “Billions” for Showtime as one of Axe Capital’s Analysts and played Maria in “Bensonhurst” for David Zucker. Christine played Cookie Jones for the AIDS Quilt show entitled Between the Seams as it toured the Tri-State area.
Past favorite roles include: M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias; Sheila in A Chorus Line; Fastrada in Pippin; The Witch in Into The Woods; Anna in Baltimore Waltz; Alexa in As Bees in Honey Drown; Nancy in Oliver; Irene in Hello Dolly; Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
Christine did a Rhinebeck Savings Bank commercial; was the lead in “The Profiler” series for Nipon Television in Japan. As a model, Christine was a spokesmodel, runway, catalogs, brochures and newspaper sketch model.
As a performing arts instructor, Christine has taught classes in ballet, tap, dance for musical theater, acting and improv for 20 years. She has directed, produced and choreographed hundreds of shows, recitals, poetry slams, puppet slams, concerts, festivals and improv nights.
Directorial favorites include: Seussical and Finnegan’s Farewell which she won Broadway World Awards as best director and best show; Death Takes A Holiday; Pinkalicious; The Fantasticks; Cheaper By The Dozen. Other local directorial credits include Orange Community College’s Summerstar Theater, Cornwall High School and Estelle & Alfonso Performing Arts Center.
Christine recently won two BroadwayWorld Awards for Director of a Musical of the Decade (Seussical, the Musical) and Director of a Play of the Decade (Finnegan's Farewell).
Alexandra is an honoree of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 2022 Top 40 Under 40 Movers and Shakers.
In 2020, Alexandra was hosting
Slime Time Live! at Nickelodeon Universe at the brand new American Dream Mall in NJ. She spent 2019 performing all over the country as The Cat in The Cat in the Hat
with TheaterWorks USA and Two Beans Productions. During the 2018 holiday season, she could be seen on tour on Long Island as Peppermint Patty in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Alexandra graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications and Media Studies.
At Fordham, she was the Vice President of a student run theater group, Splinter Group and performed as Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Sheila in A Chorus Line.
She interned at Maximum Entertainment as a Theatre Management and Production Intern. She also was the Production Assistant for Blank the Musical, an improvised off-broadway show.
She's worked heavily with 4th Wall Productions, favorite roles include: Gertrude in Seussical (Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Luisa in The Fantasticks and Pinkalicious in Pinkalicious.
She's worked with RWS & Associates as a Singer/Dancer at Playland Park and California's Great America. Alexandra was signed with Wilhelmina and modeled for Popular Club, JLo and Esprit. She can be seen every once and a while performing at Don't Tell Mama in New York City for their Broadway Lunch.
Alexandra has co-directed and choreographed multiple productions for schools with 4th Wall such as Dear Edwina JR, Honk! Jr, and Matilda Jr including virtual productions of Could You Hug A Cactus and Super Happy Awesome News.
When she's not doing theater, she can be found singing with Bosco and the Storm in the tri-state area.
Check out anything else about her at alexandravittorini.com!