Even though Mandy splits her time in the big cities of Chicago, LA, and NY, she is still a small town, southern gal at heart. Originally from Coppell, Texas, she grew up with Tex-mex, good BBQ, and sports. She is an avid Dallas Stars fan, can cook a mean rib, and loves the outdoors. Mandy played almost every sport, but focused on Volleyball where she played in the Junior Olympic Tournament at 17.
Growing up, Mandy performed in her own Texan ways, whether it be singing country at an Opry, dancing in the Dallas Cowboys halftime shows, or choreographing for show choir. She found her passion in acting, and having only done 3 shows, she decided she just had to pursue it as a career- leading her to the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
In Chicago, Mandy not only recieved her BFA, but also discovered a love for snowfall, sushi, and city lights. Also, Chicago being an artistic town, she picked up more creative hobbies such as baking, photography, painting, and writing (see "fun" section for more).
Mandy is an adventurer. She tries to travel every year to explore culture and people. She loves everything that is caramel, crafting with random objects, being up to see the sunrise, meeting new people, and laughing enough every day to replace an ab workout.
Mandy has been blessed to work at theaters in Chicago and regionally such as the Marriott Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, Theatre at the Center, The Wick Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, and Little Theatre on the Square and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Shanghai, China. Mandy was lucky enough to combine her love of theatre and travel and toured for a year with the National Tour of 42nd Street. After her first co-star on NBC, Mandy found a love for film/tv work as well as theatre. She is grateful for the work she has done in the past, and so invigorated by the opportunity of the future. She is humbled by the other talented artists around her, and cannot wait for more collaboration!
Mandy has began choreographing and directing shows, as well as teaching. As an educator, she has helped develop new musical theater programs in Shanghai, China and Lima, Peru. She looks forward to diving more into this part of her artistic passion.