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March '09

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The One and Only...

Maddy and her very big BibleHi there! I'm Maddy Mann. I'm a 15 year old junior at Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow (but I'm not Catholic, I just dress like one. Actually I'm Presbyterian.) Anyway, there's lots of stuff I like, but I think the big three would be the Jonas Brothers (and I'm counting them as one,) Jelly Bellys and Jesus. Kind of awesome that my faves all start with the letter "J." Of course I also totally love puppies (I call all dogs puppies, no matter what size.) I'm totally into Disney Original Movies. I think the High School Musical trilogy is probably one of the best works of cinematic art EVER. (Although HSM2 was a little lame. Seriously.)

What else? I'm really active at school and in my church. My family is the best (excluding my older brother, Chaz.) But my parents are, like, totally cool. My father is, like, uber supportive and has always encouraged my creative endeavors. He may actually enjoy them more than I do, if you can believe it. He's also a really great cook and the number one sales rep for Pampered Chef products in Moosic. Go dad! My mom's pretty awesome too, but she's a little too eager with tough love. But that's okay.

Anyway, I'm going to put my "professional bio" below this. Also I have some videos on YouTube so check 'em out. Jesus Loves YOU! xoxo


Madeline "Maddy" Mann

Maddy and Lexi's promo still for Church Camp Jamboree Maddy Mann is a 15 year old junior at Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow. School activities include: Speech & Debate (dramatic interp, club secretary), French Club, the God Squad (Our Lady's award-winning dance troupe), the Croonsaders (show choir), Chorus (secretary), Theatricks (Our Lady's version of Cirque du Soleil), Psweaty Psalms (Our Lady's sinfully funny improv and sketch troupe), Key Club, Honor Society, Jonsing for the Jo Bros club (president and founder), Rockin' Rock Band club (fierce drummer), and DDR club (VP). Before attending Our Lady, Maddy was home-schooled by her father until she was 13. While in home-school, she was a member of the Musicals Teach Good Grammar! club, Hot People Are Good At Math club, and Soap Operas Are Better Than Gym club.>

Maddy's first stage appearance was in Annie when she was four. She played Sandy. However, on opening night she got scared and peed on the stage. After that, Maddy took a hiatus from formal theatre, putting shows on in her garage with her father for his monthly men's meetings. Together they staged such greats as Mame, Hello Dolly!, Funny Girl, Starlight Express, Gypsy, Ragtime, A Little Night Music, and Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk.

Maddy rocks it as a big blue whale! Her freshman year at Our Lady, Maddy performed in the fall talent show, which resulted in two things: 1. she got a three day in-school suspension for "appearing" to cut herself on stage, and 2. she realized her love of performing for an audience that wasn't solely comprised of a handful of well-dressed (and often scantily-dressed) adult men. Since then she has gone on to perform in Our Lady's productions of 1776, The Wiz and Long Day's Journey Into Night. With the Scranton Showstoppers, Maddy has worked on several shows including: Company and Flower Drum Song. One can occasionally find her performing original pieces at Coffee & Kafka's amateur nights.

Maddy has grown up in the congregation of Second Presbyterian church in Moosic and at their summer camp, Camp Good News. With the Second Presbyterian youth group, she has been in Godspell, Joseph..., Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cotton Patch Gospel.

Maddy studies dance at the Vivian Drabbe Dance Academy - jazz, ballet, hip hop and tap. She is an alternate on their competition team. Maddy is also somewhat addicted to Facebook and wants everyone to friend her. Maddy lives in Moosic with her parents, her brother Chaz, and their adorable puppy Brooklyn. Thanks dad, you're the greatest (after Jesus, OF COURSE!) And you too mom. Song of Songs 2:3.

 

Ryan Migge

Ryan Migge's headshot by Jennifer Koltun Ryan Migge's 15 year old schoolgirl persona, Maddy Mann, debuted at Dixon Place in June 2007 as part of their Men Moving series. In 2011, Maddy was featured in Time Out New York as one of New York's most exciting up and coming drag talents AND she competed against eight of New York's finest burlesque performers for the title of Miss Coney Island 2012. She didn't win... but she held her own!

Maddy and her BFF Lexi Miller (as played by Andrew Hansen) presented their first ever full-length show, Maddy Mann's Church Camp Jamboree in Dixon Place's 2008 HOT festival. Maddy, Lexi and Noah Little (Brandon Michael Arrington) took Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2010 by storm, and saved many a soul, with their Old Testament themed Biblical revue Maddy Mann's Bible Storyz - with a Z! Maddy's solo show, Mann Seeking Man: Jesus-Lovin' Schoolgirl Seeks Soulmate, was presented in terraNOVA Collective's soloNOVA festival at the DR2 in May of 2009. Maddy, Lexi and friends are featured guests at numerous burlesque and variety shows around NYC sharing their skewed and inspired interpretations of the Bible. Check out the calendar page for upcoming events.

Outside the Maddy world, Ryan's choreography and performance works have been seen throughout New York in such venues as PS122, the Joyce SoHo, BAX, DR2, Symphony Space, Galapagos, The Triad, Fontana's, Public Assembly, Caroline's Comedy Club, Judy's Chelsea and Six Figures Theatre, as well as internationally at Studio 303 in Montreal. He has performed across the US in various regional theatres singing and dancing. Ryan choreographed Chuck Mee's Big Love at Fordham University and Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation by Cusi Cram, inspired by Lope de Vega's play and My Fair Lady at Princeton University, all three directed by Suzanne Agins (who also has directed all of Maddy's shows!) Ryan directed and co-created The Should Dream, Victoria Libertore's one-woman extravaganza; and has worked with her on stalk(her) and other assorted projects. Ryan Migge was a space grant recipient at BAX and was awarded a White Oak residency through New Dance Alliance. He delights in making people laugh and squirm. He also like making popcorn balls.

photo credits from top to bottom: Alexandra Strada, Ryan Migge, Michelle Williams Carroll, Jennifer Koltun

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