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A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Natalie Manns received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. She furthered her studies at New York City’s Hunter College completing courses toward a Masters in Social Work. An avid composer, songwriter, and vocalist, she also flexed her own performance muscles touring nationwide in two Broadway musicals and singing in exclusive New York City jazz clubs including Sardi’s, Tavern on the Green, and B Smith’s.
As co-founder of MannsMade Productions, she wrote and directed their comedic short, "Before and After" which received a “Best Comedy” nomination at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival. Their second short, “Somebody’s Gonna Pay”, written by Gregor Manns, won the 2010 DV Award for Outstanding Achievement in Digital Video Production. Natalie wrote and directed their documentary, “The Five Acres’ Digital Storytelling Experience”, about her work with foster children, which was published on the foster agency’s website.
For over 30 years Natalie Manns has worked passionately offering aid to children and families for communities in Indiana, Ohio, New York City, and now Los Angeles. Always one to combine her love for social work and the arts, Ms. Manns engages the youth she works with by offering them creative and positive ways to express themselves through writing, song, and filmmaking. She recently completed her first non-fiction book, "Through A Daughter's Eyes".