Hailing from the Buckeye state, Mandisa A. Johnson discovered her love for the arts and performing at an early age. At seven years old, Mandisa wrote her first play with one of her neighbors, and the two of them performed before family and friends. Mandisa continued with her artistic endeavors by writing and directing several productions and would present for family and friends during the holiday season.
In high school, Mandisa interned as an actor with a junior theater troupe, traveling to multiple schools throughout her hometown of Columbus, OH. In 1994, she was a part of Lorraine Hansberry’s Readers Theater and Inducted into the International Thespian Society. From there, she interned with The Ohio State University’s Theater Department, as well as The Columbus Children's Theater, and upon graduating in 1995, she was cast in the musical The Wiz.
In 2006, Mandisa got her first taste of on-camera acting as a background actor in the film, Stomp The Yard. A few years later, she received her first leading role in an internationally syndicated television show, It’s Supernatural with Sid Roth, portraying Gloria Bridges and again in 2019. She was also in a Brighthouse Kimball Commercial and portrayed Bernice King in the audiobook version of Nationalism Without Compassion.
In 2013, Mandisa received an Entertainment Business Master of Science Degree and received a Course Directors Award in Project and Team Management from Full Sail University. In February 2017, she completed a Creative Writing MFA and received a Course Directors Award in Film Screenwriting from Full Sail University. In 2000, she received a Communication Studies BA from Wright State University. After completing her Entertainment Business Masters, Mandisa, along with her business partner, Rashaad King, hosted an actors seminar, where Talent Agent Tay Smith and Casting Director Brandon McCray were panelists.
Currently, Mandisa is the Founder, Entertainment Journalist, Coach, and Editor-in-Chief for Atlanta Film and TV, and she hopes to produce and direct her animation and commercials, films, and television shows.