Madelyn Sergel
she/her/hers
Gurnee, IL
Madelyn Sergel is a playwright, producer, and former artistic director. She currently is a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theatre
Biography

SPIN will receive an on-line reading through First Run Theatre’s Play Reading Festival in March 2021, and SPIN also received a Zoom reading as a selection of 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, 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 YouTube channel Madelyn Goes To A Play (currently on hiatus) offers practical tips and strategies for suburban-residing theatre audiences attending Chicago storefront theatre. Her Contemporary Tarot YouTube channel, offering “Cliff Notes” summaries of tarot card meanings, has over 22,000 subscribers. SPIN will receive an on-line reading through First Run Theatre’s Play Reading Festival in March 2021, and SPIN also received a Zoom reading as a selection of 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, 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 YouTube channel Madelyn Goes To A Play (currently on hiatus) offers practical tips and strategies for suburban-residing theatre audiences attending Chicago storefront theatre. Her Contemporary Tarot YouTube channel, offering “Cliff Notes” summaries of tarot card meanings, has over 22,000 subscribers.  SPIN will receive an on-line reading through First Run Theatre’s Play Reading Festival in March 2021, and SPIN also received a Zoom reading as a selection of 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, 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 YouTube channel Madelyn Goes To A Play (currently on hiatus) offers practical tips and strategies for suburban-residing theatre audiences attending Chicago storefront theatre. Her Contemporary Tarot YouTube channel, offering “Cliff Notes” summaries of tarot card meanings, has over 25,000 subscribers.   

Plays

by Madelyn Sergel

On doctor’s orders to get in better shape, Fancy joins a gym. At her first indoor cycling class, as she begins spinning her legs, her thoughts start spinning as well. Past and current interactions are played out as spin instructor Angel becomes her combative and distant mother Gwen, her sister, and, eventually even Fancy herself, while another student morphs into her son, her father, and Spencer, a student she counsels at her job at a therapeutic day school.  As her mind unspools these complex relationships, her body working harder and harder, Fancy confronts the biggest question of her life, “Can you love someone but not like them?” Making peace with her body sends her down the road of making peace with her past, and eventually, peace with herself. 3W/1M

Cast:
3W/1M
by Madelyn Sergel

In an industry where most never “make it” what is the definition of success? Or failure?
Abby is a success. Artistic director of a small storefront theatre in Chicago, happily married, she gets to do the work she loves with talented artists.
Peter is a success. Emmy award-winning show runner, writer and director, wealthy, influential, he has made it to the top of one of the most competitive professions in the world.
Faced with the death of their college professor, former students Abby and Peter find themselves debating the meaning of artistic success, failure, privilege, self-doubt, and how to find peace when your achievements have fallen short of your dreams.

Cast:
Abby 50s. Artistic director of a mid-sized theatre company. White Suzannah Mid 20s. Lighting designer. Not glamorous. Any race Gregory 40s-60s. Actor and company member. African American Peter Kennedy 50s. Highly successful director and screenwriter. Polished. White

Successes

I was interviewed for Avalanche Theatre's Fall Biannual magazine. https://www.avalanchetheatre.com/biannual

My play SPIN received a Zoom reading as part of Mad Cow Theatre's Women's Voices Mini Festival September 2020

Conversation About an Empty Suit opened at Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, just as the coronavirus was triggering Midwestern shelter-in-place orders. Thusly, it opened Friday night, March 13th, and closed Saturday night, March 14th.
An essay about the experience was published in the Dramatist Guild blog. https://www.dramatistsguild.com/thedramatist/my-two-performance-hit