Manuel has had a 50 year plus artistic career in film, television and stage. Has performed opposite many notable artist of all the performing arts.
Has had the opportunity to be directed by such notable directors as Orson Wells, Michael Mann, John Dahl, Danny Cannon, Gene Reynolds, Rod Holcomb, Paul Duke, Peter Markle and many other fabulous Directors of film, tv and stage.
Has Performed opposite Rudolph Nureyev, Fernando Bujones, Merle Park, Tom Cruise, Jaimie Fox, Gael Garcia Bernal, Damien Bichir, Will Farrell, Diego Luna, Nick Offer-man, Jada Pickett, Michael Raymond James and Donald Logue, Maggie Q, Mary Louise Parker, Alberta Watson, John Glover, Tom Sizemore, Daniel Baldwin and many other talented and accomplished stage, film and television artists.
After studying theater and classical dance at Arizona State University and Arizona Ballet Theater he performed with such notable dance companies as Chicago Opera Ballet, Arizona Ballet theater, American Ballet Theater, California Ballet, Stars of American Ballet and others.
Studied Acting for 12 years at the Beverly Hills Playhouse upon the referral of George Clooney who had studied there for years. There he had the opportunity to act and direct under the tutelage of Milton Katselas. This led to an ongoing acting, teaching and coaching career which continues to this day.