Madeleine Brown is an actor and playwright who grew up between Peterborough, Ontario and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Madeleine’s playwriting has been described by critics as “fast, funny and takes pleasure in posing complicated questions” and “delightfully absurd and wickedly clever satire.” Her last three comedic plays debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival including a sold-out run of Patron’s Pick winner Everyone Wants A T-Shirt!. She was one of two recipients of the second Ellen Ross Stuart “Opening Doors” Award and a member of Driftwood Theatre’s Beyond the Bard Playwrights Unit and 4th Line Theatre's Interdisciplinary Residency Program. Elsewhere as a writer, she’s written online and print content for the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Stratford Festival, Compass Group Canada, Phase AI, Intermission Magazine and The Medium for which she also served as Features Editor. Her short story “The Pantsing” was published in Life Rattle Press’ Showing the Story (2014) and What If Someone Sees Us? (2022).
As an actor Madeleine has appeared in countless plays in Toronto and on-screen in national commercials. She has received NOW Magazine Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Individual Performance. Press have described Madeleine as “having the comedy chops of a lion” and “a startling ability to convey emotion and suggest a multitude of environments with the subtlest of gestures.”
Alongside her career as playwright and actor, Madeleine volunteers with L’Arche Toronto and plays euphonium in the Swansea Community Concert Band. She also serves as Theatre Direct's Company Producer.
Training: University of Toronto Mississauga (Honours BA with High Distinction - Theatre and Drama Studies) as a Loran Scholar, Sheridan College (Diploma with High Honours - Acting), Second City Training Centre (Stand-Up, Conservatory, Writing and Improv for Actors)