Mandy Canales (she/her) has over 25 years of experience of being a theatre practitioner and is now focused on performance in XR with an interest in how comedy translates in the virtual space. She teaches physical comedy and improv at the Virtual Reality Dance Academy, is a co-founder of the Tri-Coastal Theatre Workshop, and is the founder of Character Creation Lab, all hosted in VRChat. She also has a growing interest in equity design in XR, exploring ways the medium can be used in an accessible and socially responsible manner.
Her work in XR has been performed in OnBoardXR 4, the Phoenix Improv Festival, Active Replica’s Constellation Project, FIVARS, VRCon, Raindance Film Festival, and Gray Area. She has spoken at SF Design Week and Raindance Immersive Festival and completed an artist residency at the Open Online Theatre in London.