Happy Mahaney has been teaching classes and directing stage productions with young professionals since 2001. He has dedicated most of his professional life to the growth and self-expression of young actors across the United States in cities such as Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Louisville, New York City, San Fransisco and Richmond. Happy was a resident teacher/director for Creative Space, Los Angeles, where he taught acting, puppetry and art. He then went on to become Co-Director of Young Actors Project, a non-profit organization in Malibu, California before returning to RVA to pursue a Masters degree in Theatre Pedagogy/Performance.
Professional acting credits include: Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Sky/609 performances), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Cabaret (Emcee), Footloose (Willard), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Cherry Orchard (Yasha), All Shook Up (Chad), Angels in America (Prior), Into the Woods (Jack), Inherit the Wind (Hornbeck), and The Threepenny Opera (Lucy Brown). Television credits include: New Girl (FOX), Rules of Engagement (CBS/opposite David Spade), Living with Fran (WB/opposite Fran Drescher), Women In Law (ABC pilot), Barbershop (Showtime). He has also appeared in numerous national commercials for Taco Bell, Citibank, Olive Garden, V8, American Airlines, Papa John’s, Suzuki, and Home Depot.
Happy began writing and performing stand-up comedy in 2006 and has since performed at the World Famous Hollywood Improv, Laugh Factory, Belly Room and Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard.
He currently directs and teaches for Saint Gertrude High School and the School of the Performing Arts(SPARC) in the Richmond Community.