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Madeline Easley (she/her) is a Wyandotte artist whose work as a writer and performer converges at the intersection of magical realism and protection of Tribal Sovereignty, the inherent right of Tribal Nations to govern themselves. Born in Kansas City, MO, Madeline is a proud citizen of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma (Porcupine Clan) and seeks to infuse her cultural inheritance within her artistic mediums to ensure recognition and healing through authentic, community-centric narratives. She is a 2022 Greenhouse Playwriting Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a 2021 First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital Fellow. Madeline is one of six filmmakers who premiered short films at "We The Peoples Before'' in the summer of 2022 at the Kennedy Center. Her film The Feathered Girl was a 2022 LA SKINS FEST featured selection and made its west-coast premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. As an actor, Madeline has been seen in the following performances: Off-Broadway: Before America Was America (Theatre For One at Signature Theatre); Quantum (Primary Stages). New York: Shift (Rattlestick Theater); Birthday Brunch (Carnegie Hall); Antigone (NY Classical); Queen Cleopatra and Princess


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Madeline Easley's

MADELINE'S AREAS

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WRITING

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ACTING

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MADELINE SELECTED FOR A GREENHOUSE RESIDENCY AT SPACE ON RYDER FARM

"SPACE was established for artists by artists with a simple philosophy: artists need time and space to do what they do best—create. Since our founding in 2011, artists, innovators, and changemakers have come to SPACE to do their most important work.

Through unique residency programs designed to serve artists of all stripes, social activists, nonprofit organizations, and parent-artists with their children, SPACE has welcomed over 1,550 residents; mentored more than 75 young professionals through fellowship and internship programs; and developed a national reputation as one of the most sought-after residency programs in the country. Through our intentional approach to arts and agriculture, SPACE on Ryder Farm provides a place to create, recharge, and commune." - SPACE on Ryder Farm Website

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MADELINE IS COMMISSIONED WITH A FPF GRANT TO PRODUCE A SHORT FILM FOR THE WE THE PEOPLES BEFORE CELEBRATION AT THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER.

Madeline Easley is one of six Native women filmmakers and screenwriters who debuted short films (THE FEATHERED GIRL) at We the Peoples Before, a celebration of Native culture, sovereignty, history, and vitality, produced by First Peoples Fund in Summer 2022 (rescheduled due to COVID) at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Click here to learn more about the screening and panel discussion.

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WRITING THE NEW NATIVE NARRATIVE:

A CONVERSATION WITH ACTRESS AND WRITER MADELINE EASLEY.First Peoples Fund interviews Cultural Capital Fellow, Madeline Easley, about her artistic work and life as an emerging Native artist.

First Peoples Fund interviews Cultural Capital Fellow, Madeline Easley, about her artistic work and life as an emerging Native artist.

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2021 CULTURAL CAPITAL FELLOWSHIP

Madeline is awarded a 2021 Fellowship with The First Peoples Fund along with a $7,500 cash grant to pursue her acting, writing, and producing work for the current year.

Madeline's Other Cultural Capital Work: Awarded a grant to engage in Tribal cultural renewal efforts (Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma). Established a website to house traditional stories and cultural concepts to be accessed by Tribal citizens reconnecting to their culture and community. Hired and managed research assistants to explore ethical storytelling practices in Native communities.

"Should Have Danced"

MADELINE STARS IN "SHOULD HAVE DANCED"

Official Music Video by NICOTINE DOLLS

Article from Atwood Magazine: 

ARTIST-TO-WATCH: NICOTINE DOLLS’ “SHOULD HAVE DANCED” IS A HOPEFUL & INSPIRING FEVER DREAM

"Nicotine Dolls’ fourth single “Should Have Danced” is an impassioned fever dream full of hope, longing, and electric energy that asserts them as one of the best up-and-coming acts in New York City..Nicotine Dolls have made a name for themselves not only off their music, but also from their self-produced music videos that they create with their own company, OutaLine Productions. Directed by Cieri, produced by Nyssa Grant, and starring Ashley Ortiz and Maddie EasleyLine, the “Should Have Danced” music video injects additional light and levity into the “Should Have Danced” storyline – highlighting the chase in real time while singling in on that one simple, potentially life-altering action." - ATWOOD MAGAZINE, MARCH 2020

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THE ONLY THING “THE POLITICIAN” NEEDS TO CANCEL IS REDFACE

Madeline's 2020 article about Redface in television is selected to be curated by Medium makes it to the top of the publication's race and TV sections.

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"INDIGENOUS"

No Peeking Theatre

"INDIGENOUS is a compilation of stories, poems, songs, and narratives that discuss the Indigenous Experience. Following suit of previous shows like BLACKOUT and In Lak' Ech, the show sets out to invoke a hard discussion by confronting issues through the vein of genuine experience. From blood quantum, stereotypes, and identity, to rituals, songs, and poems, INDIGENOUS implores the audience to absorb some of the most authentic, beautiful, uncomfortable, ugly truths about who and what "America" really is." - Broadway World, 2020

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"VOICES OF HOPE" AT CARNEGIE HALL

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"THREE SISTERS"

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"A FRACTION OF LOVE"

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THE TRUE STORY OF POCAHONTAS

Serenbe Playhouse

Closed (Summer 2019)

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