Mandy was born in Detroit and raised in Clinton Township where she, again, currently resides. Her love of stories is completely credited to her mother, Beth, who allowed her to stay up a half hour later each night - if she was in bed, teeth brushed, and reading. Mandy's itch to perform came in high school. Unfortunately, the theatre gods had other things in mind and she was not cast in her freshman year production of My Fair Lady. Because of that she did not audition for another play for 16 years, falsely believing she could not act. Whilst denying her true calling she tried many things: music, retail management, pharmacology, cosmetology, peer advocating, wild rioting, and debauchery just to name a few. Finally finding herself in a more serene mindset she realized it was time to work towards her dream of being an actor. At 30 Mandy performed in a play for the first time. A quaint little comedy at a professional theatre in downtown Mt. Clemens, formerly known as The Box. Don Calamia was in attendance on her opening night, he said she was green.
Since then Mandy has performed throughout the Metro-Detroit Region, from Downriver to Marine City and as far west as Ferndale...(oh wait, she did that festival in West Bloomfield a few years ago)...and as far west as West Bloomfield. With all of that overwhelming, cross county travel, Mandy was over the moon when Slipstream invited her to join them in their story telling this season. Having been a fan of Slipstream Theatre Initiative's body of work, Mandy truly is grateful to now have the opprotunity to work along side such warm, talented, and brilliant artists.
The Clown's Prayer
As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent,
that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child,
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people,
make them happy, and forget momentarily,
all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment,
may I hear You whisper:
"When you made My people smile,
you made Me smile."