About Mallorie

Mallorie B. Ortega is a director, writer, and food lover. She was recently awarded the Television Academy Foundation Directing Internship, shadowing directors from Jimmy Kimmel Live, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and currently, Hairspray Live.

In May, she graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts, earning her MFA in Film and Television Production. Mallorie was accepted into the Linehan Artists Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earned her dual B.A. in Visual Arts and in Theatre Design and Production. She enjoys designing highly imaginative worlds like scary basements, futuristic humanoid robots and lightbulb growing trees. 

Mallorie was selected to direct the prestigious school funded Advanced Production Project in the Fall of 2015 - a rom com musical called Mango Sticky Rice featuring original music and an all Asian-American cast. 

Mango Sticky Rice won awards from the Asians on Film Festival 2016 including Best Ensemble, Best Comedy, and Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Comedy, Best Production Design, and was the only female to be nominated as Best Director at the First Look Film Festival 2016. 

Visit to follow the musical short through its festival circuit!

She also has an eye for Production Design, being able to go deep into a character's world to make it a reality. Her most recent work was designing a short film called When Pigs Fly, starring Glenn Howerton from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Fargo. The film was inspired by a stop motion animation she created with the Imaging Research Center and The Walters Art Museum.  

She looks forward to spreading music and paying attention to character detail throughout the movies and shorts she works on.



Yosemite, CA


September 14th, 2016


First time in Yosemite
Gorgeous hikes