A native of Seattle, Washington, Mandela joins the Department of Theater and Dance after six years at Catholic Charities Maine in Portland. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. An occasional actor, his memorable roles were in such productions as Legally Blonde: The Musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Lyric Music Theater in South Portland. In his spare time, Mandela enjoys comic book collecting, Spanish soap operas,and of course, enjoying the performing arts.