A native of Manhattan Beach, CA. Mr. Mansker began his performing career at age 11, in the role of Bilbo Baggins in the musical version of The Hobbit. Tony had the great blessing of training with some of Southern California’s best performing arts instructors, most notably Lisa Diaz of Legacy Dance Studio, Lisa Semko of Lisa Semko Vocal Studio. Alex H. Urban-founder and Artistic Director of MET2, and the incomparable Paula Morgan.
Tony continued his training and moved to New York at age the age of 17 to attend New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Performing credits include over twelve hundred performances of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s smash hit MARY POPPINS. An original cast member, he also had the pleasure of tap dancing across the ceiling as Bert on numerous occasions.
In 2009, Tony shared the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines in Arena Stage’s record breaking production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Previous performance credits include: WEST SIDE STORY ( US and International Tours). CABARET (Emcee). THE WIZARD OF OZ (Tinman). FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Motel) THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. 42nd STREET (Andy Lee). SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo). TV credits include The 61st Annual TONY Awards. The View, Good Morning America, Inside Amy Schumer, The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, Commericials for Coca Cola and Nintendo DS.
Tony served as Director/ Choreographer for Surflight Theatre’s production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL in New Jersey. He also created new 90 minute versions of the hit shows FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL and FAME THE MUSICAL for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2006 and 2009, he served as Director/Choreographer for over 200 young actors in BYE BYE BIRDIE and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, for the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network, aka MET 2, in Southern California. Other choreography credits include FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. CABARET. MACK AND MABEL and THE WHO’S TOMMY for Surflight Theatre.
Tony currently serves on the faculties of several fine dance schools in the New York/New Jersey area. He also serves as guest choreographer/teacher for many dance studios across the USA and world, including Mexico City. Canada and Spain.
Tony is a professional member of Dance Masters of America, and a certified teacher of The Paula Morgan Technique, an innovative and elite level system of dance training, created by Tony’s own teacher, Paula Morgan.