Madelyn Sergel


The world premiere of Sergel’s THROWING RICE  will be produced at Three Brothers Theatre in March 2020, and CONVERSATIONS ABOUT AN EMPTY SUIT  is the inaugural selection of the Fresh Scripts Three Brothers Play Reading Series, with public readings September 2019. 

A resident playwright at Three Brothers Theatre, other full productions include TAKING TURNS (Three Brothers Theatre), SPECIAL NEEDS, (Magnetic Theatre, Clockwise Theatre), THE PARTY IN THE KITCHEN (Clockwise Theatre), and ANOTHER PIECE OF CAKE (Citadel Theatre). Her YA play TOTALLY OKAY, RIGHT NOW  is published by YouthPLAYS. Her work has received readings at American Theatre Company, Citadel Theatre, Gift Theatre, Clockwise Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Skokie Theatre, and Gurnee Theatre Company. 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); Artemisia 2019 Fall Festival finalist (ANOTHER PIECE OF CAKE), 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). 

In addition, as the founding Artistic Director of Clockwise Theatre she co-produced the company’s first 13 productions. Madelyn acted professionally for many years in theatres throughout Chicago including stints at Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Bailiwick, Organic, and many others, and she 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 she 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.



I am in awe of people. The nuance of relationship, personal truth-telling revealing universal themes, looking behind stereotypes, digging to reveal authentic, understandable reasons for the typical behavior, this is what drives my writing. With decades of experience in the theatre world, as actor, playwright, artistic director, and producer, I have a strong understanding of what works on stage, and the fiscal and physical limitations at work as well. I also have been known to employ the occasional flourish of magical realism. What’s life without a little magic? And I write some wicked-smart dialogue.







For a full list of plays, please go to Madelyn Sergel’s website.


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A middle-aged, overweight mom of a special needs teenage son talks to her best friend about a disastrous family dinner.

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Pretty teenage model has a breakdown and decides to tell consumers the truth.