Mandy Roveda is an actor, director, producer, musician, and educator originally from Mt. Albert, Ontario with her second home in Taipei, Taiwan. She has a passion for new works and creating in unconventional spaces. Mandy holds an MFA in Directing from York University where her research focused on reimagining theatre teaching methodologies and challenging traditional rehearsal practices. Mandy has worked in TV, film, and theatre across Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea. She co-founded “Taipei Players”, the first English Language theatre company in Taipei. Under her Artistic Direction from 2008-2014, Taipei Players produced over 30 shows and annual charity events, and co-produced the Taiwan premiere of the hit Broadway musical, Title of Show. Mandy was also the founder and host of Taipei Story Slam, a live storytelling competition dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Podcasts from this event can be found on Stitcher Public Radio and Hearsay, produced by ICRT, Taipei's International Radio Station.
Mandy is the Resident Director and Artistic Associate of The Secret Session: The Movie Experience and has brought to life cult classics such as Anchorman, Ghostbusters, Shaun of the Dead, and The Princess Bride. She is a founding member of It’s Not a Pivot Productions and Spark Time. Upcoming projects include The Complex, a cutting edge immersive and interactive multi-arts gaming/theatre experience that takes place live and over multiple digital platforms. Story Spark, a participatory embodied storytelling program that encourages creativity, curiosity and empathy for ages 2-10. InterAct Education Drama, a 6 level ESL program with a focus on theatre and play for Grades 1-6 in Beijing, China.
As an educator, Mandy works with all ages. In post secondary, Mandy has had the fortune of teaching theatre (acting, scene study, creative process, devising, and directing) at Sheridan College, York University, Randolph College for the Performing Arts, and Toronto Metropolitan University. Her current areas of research include digital theatre, and adapting theatre education for the fourth industrial revolution focusing on EDI, inspiration, and resiliency.
In addition to her theatre work, Mandy also plays the bagpipes. She marched proudly alongside her grandfather and sister with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 Pipes and Drums band until they retired their kilts in 2017. Mandy is now primarily a solo player and has played for weddings, parties, funerals, Burns suppers, St. Andrew’s Balls, festivals, Remembrance Day, charity and corporate events.
Working cross-culturally abroad and in Canada has given Mandy the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a myriad of environments and has allowed her to dig deep into the investigation of process. Mandy redefines her practice with each new project. She cares deeply about the people she works with and feels strongly about creating brave spaces for artists to play and bring their full unique selves to the room.