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  • Bio/Resume

    Upcoming productions include the world premiere of Taking Turns, directed by Doug McDade, at Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, and the second production of Special Needs, directed by Katie Jones, at Magnetic Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina. Other productions include The Party in the Kitchen, directed by Andrea J. Dymond, at Clockwise Theatre (2013), and Madelyn both wrote and directed Clockwise’s production of her play Special Needs (2011). Another Piece of Cake was produced at Citadel Theatre, directed by Katie Jones (2008); the touring version was presented at the Libertyville Senior Center. Her YA play Totally Okay, Right Now was one of the four featured plays in New Jersey’s Equity children’s theatre Growing Stage Theatre 2014 New Play-Reading Series, received an honorable mention in the Julie Harris Play Competition for youth theatre, the Marilyn Hall Award, and is published by YouthPLAYS. Also the founding Artistic Director of Clockwise Theatre, under her leadership Clockwise became the only professional Non-Equity venue in Chicago’s northern suburbs that produces new works, primarily by female, multi-cultural, and Midwestern playwrights. Awards and festival selections include the finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award; semi-finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition (Special Needs); Her Rah 2007 New Plays Festival (Another Piece of Cake); and finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival, play division, (Another Piece of Cake). Her work has received staged readings at American Theatre Company (Talk), Gift Theatre (The Party in the Kitchen), Chicago Dramatists (Talk), and Gurnee Theatre Company (Talk), Warren Township Public Library (Walls, Sci-Fi Series for the Stage).

    She also was selected as one of the Daily Herald’s Influential Women in Business (2015). She was Literary Manager for Citadel Theatre (2006-2007), where she also co-produced numerous productions. A member of the Dramatists Guild, she is also a freelance writer, her essay Cabin Wisdom published in the March 2007 issue of Cabin Life magazine and Sometimes Holland Sucks was published in the Ducts on-line literary journal. A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in theatre, Madelyn acted professionally for many years in theatres throughout Chicago (before she discovered the joy of playwriting) including Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Bailiwick, Organic, and many others. A member of SAG/AFTRA, she also worked in commercials, industrials and print.

    SELECTED PLAYS – FULL LENGTH

    Special Needs

    Full Production

    Magnetic Theatre, Asheville, NC, upcoming 2018

     

    Full Production

    Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan, IL, 2011

     

       

    Taking Turns

    Full Production

    Three Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, IL, upcoming 2018

     

       

    Party in the Kitchen

    Full Production

    Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan, IL, 2013

     

    Staged Reading

    Gift Theatre, Chicago IL, 2012

     

       

    Another Piece of Cake

    Full Production

    Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest, IL, 2008

     

    Event Presentation

    Libertyville Senior Center, Libertyville, IL, 2008

     

    Staged Reading

    Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest, IL, 2007

     

       

    Totally Okay, Right Now

    Staged Reading

    Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan, IL, 2014

     

    Staged Reading

    Growing Stage Theatre, Netcong, NJ, 2014

     

       

    TALK

    Staged Reading

    American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, 2012

     

    Staged Reading

    Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, IL, 2013

     

    Staged Reading

    Gurnee Theatre Company, Gurnee, IL, 2012

     

       

    Throwing Rice

    Staged Reading

    Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, IL, 2017

    SELECTED PLAYS – SHORT / ONE ACTS

    6 Fights on a Summer’s Night

    Staged Reading

    Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan, IL, 2014

    Dogs Are People Too

    Staged Reading

    Skokie Theatre, Skokie, IL, 2017

    HONORS / AWARDS

    Special Needs

    Finalist, Christopher Brian Wolk Award
    Semi-Finalist, Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition

    Another Piece of Cake

    Selection, Her Rah 2007 New Plays Festival
    Moondance International Film Festival, play division

    Totally Okay, Right Now

    Featured Selection, Growing Stage Theatre 2014 New Play-Reading Series, New Jersey
    Honorable Mention, Marilyn Hall Award, Julie Harris Play Competition for Youth Theatre

    PUBLICATIONS

    Totally Okay, Right Now

     

    YouthPLAYS, 2017

    EDUCATION

    Syracuse University

     

    BS Theatre, 1984

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