Madeline Austin
has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial producer, non-profit leader, educator, director, and actor. Currently, she is the Creative Development Director for Creative Women New York (www.cwnyi.org). For two years, she led The Shakespeare Society as Executive Director overseeing large-scale events and fundraisers including The Shakespeare Society Medal to Ralph Fiennes and The Tempest with Julie Taymor. She worked closely with its education programming that included Teaching Teachers, Shakespeare in Schools, and The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble in the Bronx. She also served on the Artistic Advisory Council for Naked Angels in NY and on the Board of Directors of KEEN NY.


Madeline has produced Off-Broadway and continues to consult on film and Broadway-bound projects. For more than a decade, she worked with Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman of The Shubert Organization, which owns and operates 17 Broadway theaters. During that time, she was associated with dozens of Broadways shows while taking on other projects. They include producing and developing the Off-Broadway run of Maybe Baby, It’s You (directed by Jeremy Dobrish, Soho Playhouse); The Invested (directed by Ron Canada, 4th Street Theater); Spin Off, (world premiere of a play by Bernard Pomerance, Tony Award winning playwright of The Elephant Man and directed by Ron Canada, The Riverside Theatre) and Stealing Sweets and Punching People (directed by Michael Sexton, Beckett Theater). Madeline also worked as a production assistant for Tony Award winning producer Jane Harmon.


Madeline has directed numerous showcases in New York City including North of Providence (Theatre Ubet, Abingdon Theater), Moving at the Speed of Light (Manhattan Theater Source), Hospital Food (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Writers’ Lab) and Where Have All the Lighting Bugs Gone (Polaris North). She recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Benfield Elementary School as part of a seven month residency.

She co-founded Audition Mastery with Casting Director Brette Goldstein to train new and professional actors; designed and taught Shakespeare afterschool programs at Hunter College Elementary School, Harlem RBI, and other public schools in New York; and co-taught presentation and media skills workshops at Princeton University and Prudential Life Insurance in partnership with Chock Global Communications. She continues to coach privately, and for the past two years has taught Shakespeare, acting, and presentation skills classes for the Home Scholars of Maryland and as an Adjunct Faculty member for Anne Arundel Community College.


A classically trained AFTRA, SAG, AEA actress with a BA in Theater Arts, Madeline was a company member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s touring company “Bill’s Buddies” for five years and spent a summer with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Professional television experience includes principal roles in “Homicide, Life on the Street” and “America’s Most Wanted”. She has studied with Wynn Handman, Joan See, Paul Austin, Franchelle Stewart Dorn and at Studio Theatre, Arena Stage and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Madeline is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. She worked extensively in commercials, films, and industrials before moving into directing, teaching, and producing.