Mandy Pennington is a writer, marketer, teacher, and actor based in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Mandy has over 15 years of experience in the digital marketing space and advises businesses, non-profits, and startups. She teaches courses in marketing and communications at several universities. She is also an award-winning actor and playwright. She recently completed her MFA in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University and is querying her book, Gateways: A Memoir. Her solo play adapted from her coming-of-age memoir, Girl Walks Into a Movie Theater, will premiere this summer at Lackawanna College, presented by Scranton Fringe.

Current Projects:

Currents in the Electric City: A Scranton Anthology book cover

Currents in the Electric City: A Scranton Anthology


Pennington’s essay, “What Washed Windows Can Do” appears in Currents in the Electric City: A Scranton Anthology (Belt Publishing). 

In the piece, Pennington explores the nature of change and possibility through the lens of a reimagined local landmark in the downtown: The Marketplace at Steamtown.

Release date: July 16, 2024. 

Book launch at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, PA on July 27, 2024. Featured reading at Stanza Books in Beacon, NY in August 2024. More details coming soon.

Girl Walks Into a Movie Theater by Mandy Pennington

Girl Walks Into a Movie Theater


A solo coming-of-age play set against the backdrop of a much-beloved but decaying movie theater

Written & Performed by Mandy Pennington

Directed by Simone Daniel

Presented by Scranton Fringe

July 25-27, 2024

Thurs @ 7PM, Fri @ 7PM, Sat @ 2 & 7PM

Lackawanna College

Tickets now on sale.

Gateways: A Memoir by Mandy Pennington

Gateways: A Memoir


Gateways: A Memoir is a hilarious and heart-wrenching coming-of-age memoir of Pennington’s teenage years and search for identity set against the backdrop of the decaying movie theater she grew up in. 

This book is a love letter to a weird and wonderful place and time that will never be again. From her mother’s teenage pregnancy, divorce, and devastating traumatic brain injury to Pennington’s first encounters with love, loss, and dead rodents in the popcorn, The Gateway saw it all.

 It was the best/worst first job anyone could ask for.

Now submitting/querying. Interested in reviewing? Send a note to: boyle(dot)mandy(at)