Mandie Kolkman is a graduate of Butler University where she performed as a member of the renowned Butler Ballet for four seasons. Originally from New Orleans, Mandie is now a choreographer, dancer, director, and teacher based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her extensive dance training began at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of the late Marcia Dale Weary. During her youth she was accepted into programs hosted by Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet and was on a scholarship at Houston Ballet.
Before working in the non-profit sector, Mandie has years of experience in sports marketing and special events.
Mandie has choreographed award-winning pieces for competitions, festivals, and other art showcases. She has performed with dAnce.Kontemporary, Fort Wayne CIVIC Theatre, and Three Rivers Music Theatre. With arts advocacy always on her mind, Mandie has been successful in generating unique ways to introduce the arts to her community. Mandie is the creator of the Broadway Street Stroll street fair, which is now in its fifth year in Fort Wayne. She is also the producer of a podcast titled “Art to Heart” in which she interviews some of the most distinguished artists in the greater Fort Wayne area. In February and March of 2020, Mandie joined the Civic Theatre as the choreographer for Matilda the musical.
Mandie started working with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective in 2014 as part of the Touring Company. She then took on roles as a co-director, teacher for the on-site school and outreach programs, and choreographer. As the Artistic Director of the organization, Mandie strives to be a catalyst for growth and encourages creative minds through her passion and knowledge of the arts.