Hi! I'm Mandi! I'm a queer screenwriter, director, and Pochinko clown that calls Toronto, Ontario home (for now). Whether it’s on screen, on stage, or in my grandma’s living room, I have dedicated my life to the art of storytelling, especially when it comes to the screen. Starting in the film industry in 2002, I've had a multitude of experience in various roles, from screenwriter, director, actor, producer, to stand-in, photo double, and even Pochinko clown, to name a few!

As part of my diverse range of experience in the industry, I've worked on a variety of sets such as HBO's Game of Thrones, Amazon Prime's The Boys, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, and Disney's upcoming feature Nightmare Alley directed by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Dafoe.
 
As for screenwriting, I've recently been contracted to write an LGBTQ+ romance feature that has a Canadian producer attached, the same producer now attached  to an LGBTQ+ Christmas feature of mine as well! I've also recently finished writing the second draft of my third feature script Metagame alongside Dylan Miles—an epic Dungeons & Dragons-inspired coming-of-age fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. My second feature screenplay Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused LGBTQ+ dramatic feature, made it to the second round of the 2020 Sundance Development Track, second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and the ScreenCraft Fellowship semifinals.

On top of giving script coverage to screenwriters, I'm also the facilitator for Script & Story's one-of-a-kind intensive called Writing Through Play inspired by my extensive training in Pochinko clown at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers. I've also studied clown/improv at The Making-Box and the Second City Hollywood as well.

When I'm not writing scripts, giving coverage, or creating my own content, I can be found (in non-pandemic times) rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms, or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.​

AWARDS

Short film; co-writer, co-director, co-producer & performer

PERFORMANCE

PRESS/REVIEWS

"...Maxwell and Gabel shine onstage, with strong performances and a command of the swiftly moving dialogue. They have a chemistry between them, and serious acting chops in their own right.”

– Rosie Fernandez, CBC

Georama, 2015 Fringe Festival Tour

 

"... a very genuine connection … drawing from real lovehurt feelings, and moments of vulnerability."

– Sarah Siddiqui, Mooney on Theatre

Georama, 2015 Fringe Festival Tour

 

"[Mandi] was wonderful - when she sang Climb Every Mountain I got goosebumps and shivers up my spine all at the same time. It was moving and positively thrilling and everyone went “WOW” when she was done. No doubt she is loaded with talent - she can certainly sing, but she was also the best female dancer that night as well, plus she can act. She possesses a powerful voice in a compact package."

Maureen Johnson, Audience Member

NCIS: A Canadian Affair musical parody, Jubilations