Hailing from the Buckeye state, Mandisa A. Johnson discovered her love of the arts when she attended a weekly drama class in elementary school. She would go home and imitate the acting techniques she learned and would unknowingly perform her own monologues for her mother. At the age of six, Mandisa wrote her first play with a neighborhood friend and performed it before friends, family, and neighbors.
In High School, Mandisa interned with the Columbus Jr. Theater (Now known as (Columbus Children’s Theater), helped build a set for a production at The Ohio State University, traveled to several different schools in Columbus with junior theater acting troupe. During her Senior year, Mandisa was cast in the musical “The Wiz” and was part of the Readers Theater during Black History Month and in 1994 Mandisa was inducted into the International Thespian Society.
In September of 1995, Mandisa began her journey at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and in 2000 earned a degree in Communication Studies and shortly thereafter moved to Atlanta, GA.
In 2006, Mandisa got a taste of working on a film set, by being a background actor on the film “Stomp The Yard.” Around the summer of 2009, Mandisa stumbled across an ad for Full Sail University on Yahoo, and found their Entertainment Business Program. In 2012, she enrolled in the program and in 2013 earned an Entertainment Business Masters Of Science degree with a Course Directors Award in Project and Team Management.
Before graduating from Full Sail University, Mandisa began a writing internship with East Mountain Studios, assisting with writing a children’s television show pilot titled “The Adventures of Cory.” Later that year, she directed the film titled “ The Lost Ones.” In February 2014, she was cast on the TV show “Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural” portraying Gloria Bridges. In 2015, she hosted an Actor’s Seminar with Tay Smith of J. Pervis Talent Agency (Now with BYSB talent) and Brandon McCray of All The Way Entertainment.
After working a few years in the industry, Mandisa rediscovered her love for storytelling. In January 2016, she began to research several Creative Writing Programs and re-enrolled in Full Sail University’s Creative Writing Program and in 2017 earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree with a Course Director’s Award in Film Screenwriting.
Currently, Mandisa is writing and producing her own animation and writing children’s books. She hopes to one day, produce and direct her own children’s programming along with web series and commercials.