Mindy_JohnsonAuthor, historian, publicist, educator, musician, songwriter, playwright and the list goes on, Mindy’s diverse background continues to keep life interesting.

Her critically acclaimed book, Tinker Bell – An Evolution (produced in conjunction with Disney’s Animation Research Library and Disney Editions) was recently honored with a 2014 Family Choice Award. In addition to writing and presenting for various events and publications including the D23 Expo, magazine and website, Mindy is also a contributing writer for the forthcoming book Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man which releases selectively this summer and widely, October 7th, 2014. She is beginning work on her next book which celebrates a never before explored segment of Disney animation history!

A long-time Disney employee and consultant, Mindy has worked in various divisions including Television Animation, Theatrical Publicity and Home Entertainment where she created content and produced record-breaking global publicity events and campaigns for Walt Disney’s classic animated titles. Mindy also contributed to the catalog and education content for the ARL’s global exhibition Dreams Come True – Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios.

Mindy’s written and creative work continues to support a wide range of projects for a growing list of clients including: WNET/American Masters, AMPAS/Oscars.org, Dick Cavett, The Bing Crosby Archives, The Danny Kaye Estate, Rosemary Clooney’s ClooneyTunes, SiriusXM Radio and more.

A professional musician, Mindy is the writer/arranger/publisher of two successful series of books for beginning and advanced harpists. Her various award-winning recordings are widely available on the Ellipsis Arts and Fixed-Wing labels and she continues to occasionally ‘pluck’ around town. In addition to her instrumental abilities, Mindy is also an accomplished singer/songwriter within a variety of styles. She is a semi-finalist within the Sundance Theatre Competition and a Grammy nominated songwriter with the Grammy Award-winning group, Sounds of Blackness. Her musical work with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has also been featured in performances around the world, and most recently, Mindy wrote the narrative foundation for a preschool book series for Horipro Entertainment Group of Japan. This innovative musical pedagogy is currently utilized in seven countries.

Mindy also teaches film/animation studies, history, screenwriting & intercultural film at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA and yes, occasionally, she sleeps!