Copeland’s plays have been Produced or Presented at the Culture Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studios Theatre, HERE Arts Center, INTAR Theatre, The Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal, Stage Left Productions, Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas, Venus Theatre in MD, the Disreputables in DC, and IATI Theatre among others.  She has developed work with TerraNOVA Collective and the Lark Play Development Center.  Her Full Length, “The Wicked Son”was named one of the Top Three Best New Jewish Plays by the Jewish Plays Project.  Other full length works include Light of Night Production at IATI Theatre, Tiene Duende (It Has Soul) semifinalist for MultiStages New Works Competition, COURTING semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, BIOLIFE semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The Emerging Playwrights Prize The Marin Theatre as well as a Finalist for Mabou Mines Residency.  Copeland was awarded a Special Effects Grant from Metro Screen Australia for her One Act that she adapted into a Screenplay, Amusement Bomber.  Her short play, The Next Time has been produced all over the world and featured in the Gun Control Plays collection curated by Caridad Svich.  Copeland is the recipient of the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa for her Honors Thesis, One Woman.  She is a graduate of the Writers Workshops at University of Iowa BA with Honors and Ohio University MFA.  Her works have been published by PM Press, The International Center for Women Playwrights, NoPassport Press,, and Indie Theater Now!  She is an Alumna of the Women’s New Works Playlab at New Perspectives, a Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Cimientos Playlab at IATI Theatre, and The League of Professional Theatre Women.  Before becoming a playwright Copeland toured as a Jr Company Member of Ballet Iowa in Cinderella and the Nutcracker and later she danced for MTV and VH1.  In 2013 Cecilia Copeland was named an Indie Theatre Now Person of the Year!

Managing Director

Judith Leora(playwright) began her career writing sketch, animation, television pilots and screenplays. Judith is a Founding Member and Managing Director of New York Madness. Upcoming: The X and the Y(Bristol Valley Theatre Reading Series) August 2015. Recent: The Cookie Fight (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Heart-Shaped Uterus (MadLab Readings, New York Madness). Full-lengths: The Cookie Fight, Elijah (Semi-finalist, O’Neill), Gideon, The Cad (musical), Who Has Taken My Bread? The X and the Y and Heart-Shaped Uterus. Gideon was commissioned by the University of Massechusetts (Lowell) and premiered in April 2013. Recent projects: Artisnal Jar (brain melt consortium) Where We Ended Up (Sticky); One Minute Play Festival: Indie Theater edition (New Ohio Theatre), Weird About the Baby/NYC Icon Plays (Ego Actus Productions); Fumes (short film), directed by Michael Markham; Crying in Nigeria, Pussyfest Redux, Caplocks Theatre;The Raven (co- librettist) Emerging Actors Theatre Notes From a Page (March 2012). Numerous short plays produced in New York, including multiple plays with the ESPA Detention series, New York Madness, One Minute Play Festival, Stampede Lab, the Great Unknowns showcase, Playwrights for Pets, 15th Floor Playwrights, the Have Another Bar/Play Crawl, Above the Bridge, Street Festival and Arkham Playwrights. Co-produced Gate B23, NYC International Fringe Festival (2010). M.A. (Playwriting): Texas A&M University (Charles Gordone, Mentor) – Graduate Playwriting Award.

Head of Acting

Michael Markham: is a SAG-AFTRA, AEA actor based out of New York City. His favorite roles in New York include Platonov in The Spectacular Demise of Platonov at Shapiro Theater; Frizer in christopher marlowe’s chloroform dreams at The Red Room with Lunar Energy; Giant in Giants at HERE; and The Singing Soldier in Mother Courage and Her Children at The New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Film and television include Law & Order; Unearthed, which has played at The Tallahassee and Macon Film Festivals; Game Theory at the Festivus and Bare Bones Film Festivals; and Blind Date. Regionally he has performed in A Little Night Music, Hamlet, the title role in Julius Caesar, and The Ibsen Project: A Lonely Light. Michael graduated from the Juilliard School Drama Division, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from Washington University in St. Louis.

Technical Director

G. Warren Stiles is an award winning scenic designer and a graduate of the Ohio University MFA program. Recent New York productions include Island and The Life and Death of King John (New York Shakespeare Exchange), True Art (The Director’s Company), Waiting for Lefty (Portmanteau Theatre), and Money (HERE). Warren has assisted on the Broadway productions of Promises, Promises, A Behanding in Spokane, Hair, Pippin, and Big Fish. He has also assisted on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In Chicago, he worked with the House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and The Adventure Stage. He is a co-founder of Burnside Design Studio with Daniel Winters, and a founding member of New York Madness.

Producing Associate

Michele Travis has directed plays in Lower East Side storefronts, Brooklyn basements, Manhattan black boxes, and Boston nightclubs.  She is pleased to be currently helping to revive Sticky, the long running site-specific short play series created by Libby Emmons and David Marcus. She is a script reader for the Public Theater, a Lincoln Center Directors Lab alumnus, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.  MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College, CUNY.

PR/Media specialist

Rachel A. Collins is an actor, improv, movement, and teaching artist.  NYC: Twelfth Night (u/s; performer; assistant director) (The Drilling Company); R-Culture (actor-clown/ASM) (IRT) The Quest of the Hero, Swordfight Christmas (C.A.G.E. Theatre Company); hOMAge (The Clearing Collaborative Theatre Company) Regional: Into the Woods, Fools, Peter Pan (Ozark Actors Theatre); In the Book Of (u/s), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (u/s), Under Six!, The Frog Prince (Florida Studio Theatre). Rachel is a former member of FSTImprov, and has been a student of the Upright Citizens Brigade. She holds her BFA-Acting from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College.

Artistic & Producting Associate

Tiffany Fisher-Love is a stage manager, electrician and producer who graduated from Emerson college with a BFA in Theatre. Her New York credits include Anthem (Random Access Theater), Below (Exquisite Corpse Company), BFE (Theatre for a New City) and The Theater Lab (Silent Street Productions). Other credits include: A Night at the Opera (Opera Night Ireland), And Then They Came for Me (Diana Wortham Theater), Canterbury Tales and Romeo and Juliet (Aquilla Theatre) and The Dresser (NCSC). In 2005, Tiffany earned the world record for being the “youngest female technical director in outdoor theater history” while working on Hamlet with the Montford Park Players

2 thoughts on “Staff

  1. Hi, Cecilila

    It was nice having the brief conversation with you after the show on Monday nite, and I like the show very much. It was my first time attending Madness, and I think it is a great organization for all uprising performing artists. I am a New York based actress, and new inspiring writer, and I would love to participate in your next Theme night show as actress and writer, and I’m excited waiting to hear from you with further informations. Looking forward to work with you in the soon future.



  2. i had the most wonderful time at last night’s Madness at Joria Productions. One of the coolest things doin’ on this whole island of manhattan and everyone should know about it. in fact, i’m gonna go yell it from the rooftops right now! thanks for everything, cecilia and company!

    Keilly McQ

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