When I was 8 years old I wanted to be a rock star when I grew up.
By 12, I had my sights on neonatology. I shadowed my grandmother, a neonatal nurse, at her hospital for a day and dreamt of performing surgery on tiny babies to help them grow to be big and strong.
A few years later, at 15, I was on to engineering - with hopes of writing novels on the side.
I entered college at 18 with an agenda to pursue interactive media and craft virtual realities. I changed my major four months later, and later graduated with degrees in theatre and journalism.
…And now? I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.
But I do know that it will be a wonderful story someday.
Hi! My name is Madeline and I am a storyteller based out of Chicago, Illinois. Whether I’m performing on stages or writing on pages, I’m always looking to entertain audiences with exciting, timely stories that make people think.
A Little Bit About Me
I grew up just outside of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois with my loving parents and two younger sisters. I attended Waubonsie Valley High School where I was involved in plays, musicals, choir, orchestra and speech team. I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class and gave the farewell address at my high school graduation ceremony. Since leaving Waubonsie as a student, I have since been hired seasonly to assistant coach for the school’s speech team.
In May 2019 I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio - where I again wrote and presented a speech at the college’s graduation. I was the first ever student speaker for the College of Creative Arts commencement ceremony, an honor I took with pride. My four years at Miami were chock-full with academic and extra curricular achievements: I served as the president of The Walking Theatre Project (a social activist theatre troupe), contributed as the vice president of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society, developed research as a Geoffrion Fellow for the Humanities Center and worked as a senior editor for The Miami Student newspaper. I also spent the better half of my collegiate career working to preserve the stories of Holocaust victims through a self-generated project that resulted in a one-act play about Jewish women during and after the Holocaust. Through a grant from the Honors College and a stipend from the Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program, I was able to combine research from young European women’s diaries and memoirs with interviews I conducted with survivors in Long Beach, California for the production. It premiered on May 2, 2019.
Professionally, I have worked as a breaking news intern at the Cincinnati Enquirer and a social media intern for Nancy Goodman’s major motion picture, Surprise Me! the Movie.
What’s next? Stay tuned! There’s a great, big, beautiful world out there - and I’m excited to jump in.
My story has just begun.