Madelyn Sergel is a writer & playwright. Her work has been produced at numerous theatres. Also the founding Artistic Director of Clockwise Theatre, she was selected as one of the Daily Herald’s Influential Women in Business (2015). Madelyn acted professionally for many years in theatres throughout Chicago. She has also been a server/waitress, worked retail, been on a few boards, navigated years of childcare and eldercare, and has spent hundreds of hours traversing northern Illinois in her trusty minivan. She has been published in Cabin Life magazine and Ducts on-line literary journal, and her YouTube channel, Contemporary Tarot, which offers analysis of tarot meanings, has almost 40,000 subscribers. She lives in Gurnee, Il, with her husband.
Madelyn Sergel’s SPIN received Zoom readings through First Run Theatre’s Play Reading Festival April 2021 and Mad Cow Theatre’s Women’s Voices Play Festival September 2020. The world premiere of her play Conversation About an Empty Suit ran for two night at Three Brothers Theatre, opening March 13th and closing March 14th, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. A resident playwright at Three Brothers Theatre, other full productions include Taking Turns at Three Brothers Theatre, Special Needs at Magnetic Theatre and Clockwise Theatre, The Party in the Kitchen at Clockwise Theatre, and Another Piece of Cake at Citadel Theatre. Her YA play Totally Okay, Right Now is published by YouthPLAYS.
Awards and festival selections include the finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award; semi-finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition (Special Needs); Artemisia 2018 Fall Festival finalist (Throwing Rice); Her Rah New Plays Festival (Another Piece of Cake); and finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival, play division, (Another Piece of Cake), featured play in New Jersey’s Equity children’s theatre Growing Stage Theatre New Play-Reading Series, honorable mention in the Julie Harris Play Competition for youth theatre, the Marilyn Hall Award (Totally Okay, Right Now), and Another Piece of Cake was a finalist in Artemisia’s Fall Festival 2019. Readings have been mounted at American Theatre Company, Three Brothers Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Clockwise Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Skokie Theatre, and Gurnee Theatre Company.
In addition, as the founding Artistic Director of Clockwise Theatre, she co-produced the company’s first 13 productions. She acted professionally for many years in theatres throughout Chicago including stints at Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Bailiwick, Organic, and many others, and was a member of SAG/AFTRA. She also was selected as one of the Daily Herald’s Influential Women in Business (2015) for her work at Clockwise Theatre and acted as Literary Manager for Citadel Theatre (2006-2007), where she also co-produced numerous productions. She has been published in Cabin Life magazine and the Ducts on-line literary journal, and an interview with her was published in Avalanche Theatre’s Fall 2020 Biannual.
Her Contemporary Tarot YouTube channel, offering “Cliff Notes” summaries of tarot card meanings, has over 39,000+ subscribers.