Mandi is an LGBTQ+ writer, director, actor, singer, musician, artist, independent producer and Pochinko clown that calls Toronto, Ontario home (for now). Whether it’s on stage, on screen, or in grandma’s living room, she has dedicated her life to the art of storytelling.
Having gotten her start in the industry in 2002 doing background in an action-packed B movie no one has ever heard of, Mandi has since appeared in a variety of projects ranging from Amazon Prime's hit series The Boys, Canadian comedy-drama Private Eyes, and Bruce McCulloch's Young Drunk Punk, to name a few. From 2014 to 2017, Mandi completed her Pochinko Clown training, having taken 3 intensives with Canada's leading clown and mask teacher Jan Henderson at the University of Alberta. Additionally, Mandi is known throughout Central and Western Canada for impersonating Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory in musical theatre parodies.
In 2018, acting unexpectedly took a backseat when she was slapped in the face with the realization that her true passion wasn't being in front of the camera, but rather telling her own stories and collaborating with others on theirs as a screenwriter and director!
Since the shift in focus, Mandi has written and directed a hand-full of projects, namely Annie & Pepper, a short stop-motion animation film in which she created solo for the Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project 2020, Drink Up and Good Grief, two short dramatic films that she wrote, directed and co-produced, as well as The Fardy Brothers, an award-winning 7 minute mockumentary in which she co-produced, co-directed, co-wrote and performed in as a part of the 2019 48 Hour Film Project (Toronto).
Mandi also finished writing her third feature script Metagame, an epic coming-of-age, Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. Her second feature Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused script, 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 semi-finals.
Additionally, while Mandi always enjoyed giving feedback on scripts, it wasn't until 2019 that she discovered how much she truly loved it. Finding a passion in working with fellow writers to pump up their scripts, she began focusing on finding opportunities to give script coverage between writing sessions. Now, she works part-time giving script coverage, getting the work mainly by word-of-mouth.
When she’s not writing scripts or coverage, she can be found rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.
Short film; co-writer, co-director, co-producer & performer
"...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 love, hurt 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."