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MADELINE McCRAY

Background Information

Employment History

Independent Associate
ISAGENIX Lifestyle Enhancement Coach, Public Speaker

Original Producer
Halley's Comet


Henry Street Settlement

Executive Coordinating Producer
Step and One Half Productions/Halley's Comet Foundation Freelance Public Relations

Affiliations

Founder
St. Croix Center Stage

Web References (10 Total References)


Gallery

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Through her raising of the child, Troy's banishment of their son Cory, and Troy's eventual death, McCray's is one of the finest performances onstage in Cap Rep's 18 year history. -Eleanor Koblenz, Gazette Reviewer

Caseload-Rob
I am proud to say that I have had a long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Madeline McCray. I developed a great respect for Madeline as an artist due to her commitment and passion for the craft and work. Not to mention that she is a joy to be around and unassumingly beautiful.
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Madeline anchored one of the most talented casts to ever do my work in the off-off Broadway production of "Caseload" at the Workshop Theatre in New York City. She was fearless in her depiction of the hard-nose Emma, a character imbued with the hard knocks of life.
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Madeline is one of the warmest, most thoughtful and gifted people I know. She performed and excerpt from A DREAM TO FLY a few months ago, when she came up to Castelton to view a staged reading of my play, SAM AND LAURA. The mostly white, rural-Vermont students were mesmerized, and gave her thunderous applause.
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Ms. McCray is not only a talent of power, subtlety, humor and range, she is, as well, as disciplined and passionate a professional as I have encountered in my ten-year tenure as Artistic Director of this theatre. I would have Madeline back in an instant. She has been a thorough joy and an utter delight. -Bruce Bouchard, former ArtisticDirector Capitol Rep
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Madeline McCray's performance of Bessie Coleman is illuminating.
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Madeline has brought to the stage an historical figure who represents the essence of liberated femininity. And in her capable hands as author and actress, Bessie's accomplishments as a pioneer in aviation, activist and a renaissance woman is assured a rightful place in history.
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Madeline McCray is a pure professional and major talent that I want to see on stage, tv and film, more and more, and more.
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Equal to Amos is Madeline McCray as Rose, Troy's wife. Early in the play McCray is like water, ever cooling Amos' heat. But, as the play progresses and the stakes are raised, McCray transforms her diminutive physique into a volcanic mountain. Just as Amos makes Troy's fall tragic, McCray creates a tough heroism out of Rose's resilience and compassion.


Madeline ...

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Madeline McCray Email: madeline@madelinemccray.com Office Phone: 9175572388

Agent:
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Madeline McCray began her theatrical career at the Henry Street Settlement in New York. While studying there, she and a group of fellow actors founded the OLAC Ensemble Company. The experience broadened her ambition to include writing and producing. McCray continued to hone her skills at Gately/Pole Studios, studying the Meisner Technique with Rick Poole.
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Ms. McCray is an original producer for Halley's Comet, having been on board as one of the three-person dream team...when the paper was white. McCray was cast in the Albany, NY Capitol Repertory Theatre Company production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences.
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At BACA Downtown-Brooklyn, McCray portrayed a blind army wife in Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks. One critic wrote, McCrays Mrs. Smith was played with dynamic simplicity and a remarkably believable blindness. Liz Diamond, who directed the play, described Madeline as a brave, disciplined and inventive actor.
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McCray is the author of A Dream To Fly: The Bessie Coleman Story, First Female Black Pilot in the World, Caribbean City Chatters, and the Southern Jezebel, Remember Where You Come From, Baker Mason Is Blind and Spinning. While living is the USVI, McCray founded St. Croix Center Stage an international artist exchange organization.
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Upon return to New York, Ms. McCray joined forces to work with public relations guru, author and mental health advocate, Terrie Williams.
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Madeline is the proud mother of two sons, Uhuru and Terahshea, and NaneMa to grandchildren Khalil, Nadir, Minkhara, and Elijah.


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February 2012: Madeline McCray

MADELINE McCRAY, is an author, actress, producer, healthy lifestyle activist, lifestyle and lifestyle transformation coach. She and her son Terahshea McCray, recently co-wrote the book Healthy Women Rock: How to Live the Life You Desire and Deserve, Lose Weight and Control Negative Thoughts. Madeline began her show business career at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. It was while there studying that she and a group of her fellow actors founded the OLAC Ensemble. The company performed at various underground venues around the city. Each experience fueled McCray's ambition and broadened her interests in writing and producing. At Albany, New York Capitol Repertory Theatre, McCray co-starred opposite Emmy nominated actor John Amos in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences.
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Director Seret Scott says, "I have directed Madeline in two very different pieces and I am proud to have been a collaborator with such an extraordinary actress."
At BACA Downtown-Brooklyn, McCray played Mrs. Smith, a blind army wife in Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.
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Her work in this production prompted one critic to write: "McCray's Mrs. Smith was played with dynamic simplicity and a remarkably believable blindness" while director, Liz Diamond described Madeline as, "a brave, disciplined and inventive actor.
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McCray, wrote and produced A Dream To Fly: The Bessie Coleman Story, a solo play based on the life of the first female Black pilot in the world. Her performances at colleges and conferences around the country are hailed as, "An extraordinarily powerful portrayal of the human spirit...", "Electrifying, spellbinding and very moving". Amos writes, "The life Madeline breathes into the world's first female Black aviator is tangible.
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Madeline also blazed a trail for the popular reggae group, Midnite. As manager she secured engagements and toured with the group throughout the US as well as Namibia, South Africa. She later moved to the Virgin Islands where she founded the non-profit performing arts organization, St. Croix Center Stage. Under her leadership the organization produced two international theatre festivals.
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McCray's producer credit includes: Amos' critically acclaimed one man play, Halley's Comet and Their Voices Their Stories documentary highlighting the experiences of a group of African American WWII veterans who served on Iwo Jima.
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McCray the Mentor Madeline was born and raised in Harlem by her single mother Gertrude, a fiercely proud woman. She was 14 years of age when her mother died suddenly of an asthma induced heart attack. From that moment forward, Madeline chose to live life on her own terms. She refers to her one night jail stay as a youthful misstep that was not to be repeated. Still, she ran the streets, married young, produced two beautiful sons young, escaped a drug world unscathed and survived domestic violence young. Whether mentoring gang members, or victims of rape and abuse, McCray's message is consistent "In order to create a better future you must BELIEVE you deserve one."
Madeline is the proud and devoted mother to sons, Uhuru and Terahshea, and NaneMa to grands Khalil, Nadir, Minkhara, Elijah and Kyla Arianna.


A Dream To Fly

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ONE WOMAN PLAY WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MADELINE MCCRAY

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Madeline McCray's performance of Bessie Coleman is illuminating.
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Ms.McCray has brought to the stage an historical figure who represents the essence of liberated femininity.
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All young people can benefit from reliving her story through Madeline McCray's talented presentation; and older people can reflect on her life and their own dreams and aspirations. In short, this is a story magnificently told which has deep meaning for all people. Madeline touches the importance for all of us deciding and defining who we will be and what individual happiness means.
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Madeline is an actress, producer and writer based in New York and one of the warmest, most thoughtful and gifted people I know. She performed an excerpt from A DREAM TO FLY: THE BESSIE COLEMAN STORY a few months ago, when she came up to Castleton to view a staged reading of my play, SAM AND LAURA. The mostly white, rural-Vermont students were mesmerized, and gave her thunderous applause.


Career Details

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