Madeline Wall

Summer 2021: AQUELARRES
Summer 2021: AQUELARRES

Directing the world premiere of Joel F. Wilshire's political fantasy outdoors July 31st-August 15th! To follow the production, follow @birthplayproject on Instagram. Photo by Shane Morgan.

Fall 2020: I WITH THINGS NEW BORN
Fall 2020: I WITH THINGS NEW BORN

The Birth Play Project's inaugural production premiered October 30th at the Off-Leash Art Box and ran in-person until November 8th, and then a video of the production was made available for virtual audiences. Photo by Noelle Kirscht. See link below for more about the production.

Photo by Paran Kashani.

Summer 2021: AQUELARRES
Summer 2021: AQUELARRES

Directing the world premiere of Joel F. Wilshire's political fantasy outdoors July 31st-August 15th! To follow the production, follow @birthplayproject on Instagram. Photo by Shane Morgan.

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Greetings! Thanks for being here.
 
I am a Minneapolis-based theatre maker, writer, and aspiring arts leader. 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 the arts and reproductive justice advocacy. 

I also love to teach, I love Shakespeare, and I love a good musical. 


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.