Madeline Wall

she/her

Greetings! Thanks for being here.

 

I am a Minneapolis-based theatre maker, writer, and aspiring leader in the arts & nonprofit sector. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in May of 2020 (Plague Graduates, Unite!)

 

As a theatre maker, my objective is to create "birth plays": new theatre productions centered on wombholding people and guided by the principles of reproductive justice as defined by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. I created The Birth Play Project to do just this (@birthplayproject on Instagram). 

 

As a writer and researcher, I am interested in cultural, medical, artistic, and personal histories of childbirth. I am interested in the modern schism between science and art, the development of Western obstetrical practices, and the representational practices in literature, art, and media that shape and are shaped by Western understandings of birth, wombholding people, and maternal mortality. I am interested in how living in a body with the potential to bear children affects identity development. 

My future aspirations include academic research and both leading and supporting positions in nonprofit arts and reproductive justice advocacy. 

Words I cherish that have been used to describe my work: 

Precision. Joy-giver. Avenging angel. Heart-first. Siren-voiced. Enchanting. A force, difficult to define and quantify. The magic was there. 

Want to nerd out about Shakespeare, offer a book recommendation, hold me accountable for my professional actions? Feel free to email me at madelinejwall97@gmail.com

Want to tell a birth story? Tell me about it at birthplayproject@gmail.com. 

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