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artist's statement

Mind and body are indissolubly connected. The body is embedded within the folds of her environment. 

I am continuously inspired by philosophical ideas, seeking how to interrogate and translate them through movement. This act generates deeper insight into the ideas themselves. The bond between movement and thought is powerful and rich.  

My current research interests lie in describing the experience and unearthing the meaning of dancing. Describing the phenomenon of being inside dancing, attempting to glimpse this in its center, and thus in its entirety, is enticing in its infeasibility. Currently I am intrigued by the liminal area between somatic experience and linguistic metaphor. How does my conscious holding of an image interfere with my perception of what's happening as I move, and vice versa? How do imagination and perception feed one another? How does my thought transform as I dance?

Photo by Anna Siegel

about me

Madelyn Sher is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and producer from New York City. 

Madelyn creates dance performances carry a theatrical legibility as well as abstract formal arrangements. Her take on
 contemporary dance is influenced by her diverse background of formal training including modern, theater, butoh, Latin dance, house, ballet, and contact improvisation. Her choreography has been presented at Smith College, Chilo's BK, Theater for the New City, SMUSH Gallery, MERDE at The Footlight, annex:art (New Mexico), Downtown Art, The Baumann, Triple 9 Festival, and Triskelion Arts. She was an artist-in-residence at annex:art (San Fidel, New Mexico) in 2019 and at the Triple Nine Festival (Gowanus, Brooklyn) in 2018. Her short dance film, Looking Inwood, won her the Promising Filmmaker Award at CUNY Film Festival 2018. As a dancer, Madelyn has worked with artists and companies such as Duane Lee Holland, Olive Prince, Alexander Davis, Bebe Miller and Angie Hauser, REDi Dance Company, Amirov Dance Theater, Vangeline Theater, Evan ray suzuki, Amirov Dance Theater, and others. She currently works as a freelance dancer and choreographer.

As an actor, Madelyn had her TV debut as "Amy" in ABC's "The Baker and the Beauty", which rose to popularity as the number one show on Netflix in spring 2021. She performs with the Bronx Arts Ensemble/Lehman Children's Theater Company, which brings classic fairytales with a modern spin to young Bronx audiences. She has studied improvisation at the People's Improv Theater, and with Amy Larimer of the Raving Jaynes. Madelyn enjoys creating and performing devised theater with her friends as part of a collective called Zoo City; a favorite project with this group is "Brainfood", in which the actors tell an imaginative story of struggle and acceptance while cooking a delicious breakfast for the audience. 

Madelyn values public, accessible art as a vehicle for community engagement, arts appreciation, and environmental awareness. She produces Groundswell Series, an annual site-specific outdoor dance festival that brings dance into shared spaces in parks and playgrounds in Brooklyn, NY. Madelyn is an advisory board member of the Bronx-based REDi Dance Company, in which she is also a collaborating dancer. She also works as a program manager and teaching artist for REDi Dance's educational programs, the Dance Bridge Workshop and Junior Company. Madelyn has worked in New York City schools for the past five years, teaching and assisting dance, drama, and music classes. 

2010 - present
2010 - present

everything I've ever done (cv)


Smith College Dance Department

End (2024) Theater 14, 6 dancers, 20 min

Growing rice in a dry field (2023) Crew House, 2 dancers, 10 min

No Signal (2023) Scott Studio Theater, Solo, 15 min

Forgot where I was (2022) Crew House, 4 dancers, 20 min

New York City: Live Performance

CREST at Chilo’s Greenwood: to be true (2022) Solo, 7 min

NY Butoh Institute’s International Butoh  Festival at Theater for the New City: 396 (2019) Solo, collaboration with musician Daniel Arthur Johnson, 8 min

MERDE at The Footlight Bar: 396 (2019) Solo in collaboration with musician Daniel Arthur Johnson, 8 min

We are Particles at SMUSH Gallery, Jersey City: Us, American (2019) Solo, 12 min

CITY KIDS at Fourth Arts Block: American (2018) Solo, 12 min

WaxWorks at Triskelion Arts: zephyr (2018) 5 dancers, live music by Adam O’Farrill and David Acevedo, 12 min

Triple 9 Festival: zephyr (2018) Site-specific durational performance installation with 5 dancers, 30 min

SHE CREATES at The Baumann: Daughter (2018) 2 dancers, three-part installation, total 10 min

The NY Butoh Institute at Triskelion Arts: I love you I miss my friend and the music is beautiful (2018) Solo, 15 min

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble at Paradise Factory: The Cult Play (2018) Theatrical production directed by Irene Lazaridis


New York City: Video Projects

Choreographer, Hammer (2022) Music video for Death Habit. Directed and edited by Nicholas Motyka

Choreographer/director, to be true (2021) Original dance film, shot by Jefferson White 

Choreographer, In Bounds (2021) Music Video for Noah Chenfeld, Brooklyn-based musician. Directed by Tobias Campbell

Choreographer/director/editor, Looking Inwood (2017) Original dance film, shot by MJ Abiva. Recipient of Promising Filmmaker Award at CUNY Film Fest 2018


Lehman College: Music Department’s Annual Musical Productions

Choreographer, When I Get to Where I’m Going (2018) Lehman College, theatrical production directed/written by Penny Prince

Choreographer, Rapunzel (2017) Lehman College, theatrical production directed/written by Penny Prince



Smith College, Northampton, MA 

Nourishment (2023) choreography by Duane Lee Holland

This Dance is Available for Touring: A MFA Thesis That is Also Available for Touring (2023) choreography by Alexander Davis

to be swept up! (2022) choreography by Bebe Miller and Angie Hauser 


New York City Freelance

JACK, Brooklyn (2021) evan ray suzuki, ~ d r e a m c o r e ~ 

Activate the Mural @ Black Lives Matter Mural in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (2020) Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet, One Love Peace Celebration

Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn (2019) Molly Gorin,  Having a Ball

Chashama Gala Movement/Sculpture Installation, One World Trade Center, Manhattan (2019) Kevin Kelly, NonDuality

WaxWorks @ Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn (2019) Molly Gorin, What Can I Give you? 

Union Square Alliance, Manhattan (2018) Kelsey Burns, NYC Dance Week Performance 

Triple 9 Festival, Brooklyn (2018) Anna Vomacka, Untitled New Work

Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan (2018) Rina Espiritu, Blueprint to Oust Duerte

CUNY Dance Initiative, Queens College (2018) Svea Schneider, the spaces| |in between

INSITU Site Specific Dance Festival, Queens (2017) JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Mandala

Théâtre Gestuel, Paris, France (2015) Hippocampe Mime Corporel Théâtre, Les Collectionneurs

Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (2013) Ni’Ja Whitson, Whitney Houston Tribute Dance Concert

Staten Island Ballet at the College of Staten Island (2002-2008), The Nutcracker directed by Ellen Tharp


New York City Company Performances

REDi Dance Company (2016-2021) directed by Beverly Lopez: Mientras Tanto (Dixon Place, Groundswell Series); Land of Concrete (Lehman College, Hudson Guild Theatre)

Amirov Dance Theater (2019-2020) directed by Alexandra Amirov-Watkins: The Coop (development process only); La MaMa Kids: Family Play Date (La MaMa Theater)

Vangeline Theater (2016-2021) directed by Vangeline: ZERO’s Winter Wonderland (Knockdown Center); Wake up and Smell the Coffee (Triskelion Arts, Taipei Cultural Center)

Herbert H. Dance Company (2016-2018) directed by  Brittany Wilson: Annual performances held in Lehman College’s  Studio Theater 



The Baker and the Beauty (NBC Universal/ABC network) Recurring Guest Star: “Amy” (2020)*

Manhattan Bridge (dir. Patrick Donovan) Actor: Supporting role (2018)

Sick Days (dir. Tobias Campbell) Actor: Supporting role (2015)

Best of the Bronx (Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment) Host (2015) NY Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement

*Madelyn is a member of SAG/AFTRA and is represented by A3 Artists Agency. 


Bronx Arts Ensemble/Children’s Theater Company at Lehman College (2014 - 2022) Lead & supporting roles in company that performs original children’s theater in various community spaces throughout the Bronx 

Even the Dogs - Life World (2022) An avant-garde musical created and directed by Leo Hardman-Hill

Jason Rhymer - The Windjammer (2019) A dinner theater orchestra composed & conducted by Leo Hardman-Hill

Exalted - G45 Productions Lightbulb Reading Series, IRT Theater (2018) “Paige”

Brain Food - Zoo City, Brooklyn (2015) Performer/Creator: Original, site-specific, ensemble-driven movement theater. Performers created a story and cooked breakfast for the audience, all in one enchanting evening.

Tough Mother - Primary Stages: Fresh Ink Reading (2015)  “Cat”

Chaos - New Worlds Theatre Project Staged Reading, HERE Arts Center (2015) “Regina”

Dubliners, an audio play suite – WNYC/WXQR’s The Green Space Performances (2014) “Lily”

The Pillowman - Zoo City, The Tank Theatre (2014) Storyteller

The Rimers of Eldritch - LaGuardia High School (2011) “Patsy”

The Music Man - Harbor Lights Theater Company, Staten Island (2011) Ensemble

Guys and Dolls - LaGuardia High School Ensemble/Dance Captain

Hairspray - LaGuardia High School (2010) “Tammy”

Work Experience

Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2022-2024 

Teaching Fellow in Department of Dance, instructor of undergraduate dance courses including Butoh/Contemporary Hybrid Technique, Contemporary Dance Fundamentals, Dance for Everybody, Intermediate Composition (Teaching Assistant)


Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, NYC, 2020-2023 

Cohort Support in Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) Classroom; drama co-teacher; music co-teacher; library assistant; substitute teacher (grades 1-8); front desk coverage; lunch + recess coverage 


REDi Dance Company,  NYC, 2019-2021 

Contemporary Dance Teaching Artist and group leader for Dance Bridge Workshop, an annual teen creative intensive held at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and Lehman College (Bronx, NY); administrative assistant for programming from 2020-2021 


P.S. 42, P.S. 130 After School Program, NYC, 2017-2020 

Planned and taught after school dance classes at P.S. 42 and P.S. 130 for grades pre-kindergarten through third, focusing on modern, jazz, hop hop, and ballet dance, as well as creative improvisation. Directed  final performance for Immigrant Social Services gala  showcase. 


Ballet Tech, NYC, 2019

Audition Administrator, providing on-site support during spring auditions held in NYC public elementary  schools


Lehman College, Instructional Support Services Program,  NYC, 2017-2018 

Writing tutor, helping students of all levels and disciplines to outline, write, and edit pieces of writing for their academic classes


Movement Research, NYC, 2017

Marketing Intern: promotional research, e-blasts, and website maintenance; regular use of Mailchimp, Facebook, Instagram


Au Pair, Paris, France, 2014-2015

Part-time nanny and English tutor for French family during year-long study abroad program in Paris


The Ailey School of Dance, NYC, 2008-2011 

Assistant Teacher (Creative Movement, West African Dance) for ages 4-7



Smith College, 2022-2024

M.F.A. Choreography and Performance. 

Core Dance Faculty: Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Lester Tomé, Rodger Blum, Jake Meginsky

Professors in Dance: Jenna Riegel, Sarah Lass, Melinda Buckwalter, Jeff Jean-Phillipe, Shakia Barron

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Lehman, 2012-2017 

B.A. Honors Philosophy, B.A. Honors Dance, French minor, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors in Dance and Philosophy; Dance Professors: Amy Larimer, Wendell Cooper/MX Oops, Vangeline, Ni’Ja Whitson, Michael Manswell; Philosophy Philosophy Professors: James Mahon, Michael Buckley, Jessica Gordon-Roth, Leonard Finkelman

Université Paris 8 Saint Denis-Vincennes, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 

CUNY Paris/MICEFA Study Abroad Exchange


High School

LaGuardia Arts High School — 2008-2012 

Drama Major, AP Scholars Award, Advanced Regents Diploma, Playbill Drama Award



Hippocampe Mime Corporel Théâtre — Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 

Corporeal Mime of the Étienne Decroux tradition, studied under Luis Torreao

The Ailey School of Dance — 2008-2011 

Fellowship Scholarship Recipient, Junior Division Levels VI & VII; Dance instructors: Elena Commendador, Christian Van Howard, Theresa Ruth-Howard, Earl Mosley, Robert Atwood, Marianne Bachmann

Staten Island Ballet — 2003-2008 

Dance Instructors: Ellen Tharpe, Andrea Wachholtz, Frank Dellapolla, Gabri Christa

Workshops/Additional Training

Butoh Workshop with Akihito  Ichihara, NY Butoh Institute 2024

Butoh Workshop with Julie Gillum, Earthdance 2023

Artichoke Ambassador (Arts in Activism) Summer Program  2022

Annabella Lenzu Choreography Workshop/Mentorship Program 2021

Butoh Workshop with Eri Chian, NY Butoh Institute 2019

Gallim Summer Intensive 2018 

People’s Improv Theater – Level One Improv with Jason Scott Quinn, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Gallim Summer Intensive 2018

Butoh Workshop with Mari Osanai, NY Butoh Institute 2018

Bill T. Jones Summer Intensive 2017

MELT @ Movement Research Neil Greenberg, 2019; Contact Improvisation with K.J. Holmes, 2017

Butoh Workshop with Katsura Kan, NY Butoh Institute 2016

Abraham in Motion Summer Intensive 2016

Butoh Workshop with Yael Gaathon and Vangeline, Tatwerk (Berlin) 2016

“Danses en Situation” Atelier with Gustavo Ciriaco (Paris) 2015


Groundswell Series (2019 - 2023) Co-founder & co-curator of Groundswell Series, an annual site-specific outdoor summer dance festival (Fort Greene Park, Cuyler Gore Park, Valentino Pier, Old Stone House)

Bare Bones - Smith College, Northampton, MA (2022) Stage Manager of undergraduate dance  showcase

A Country Doctor – Zoo City, The Baumann (2018) Co-produced & managed front of house at interdisciplinary performance installation 


American College Dance Association (2023) Instructor of Dancing Revolt: An Introduction to Butoh at Northeast ACDA Conference

Oconuco Zuimaco Farm – Morovis, Puerto Rico (2021) Worked on a permaculture farm constructing chicken coop, removing weeds, generally readying the property for future volunteers

Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Mutual Aid – Brooklyn, NY (2020) Made wellness calls to seniors living in public housing, facilitated donations such as air conditioners and computers, signed residents up for free food deliveries 

Bergen Green Space – Brooklyn, NY (2020-2021) Developed a small garden and community space in an abandoned lot with a collective of locals, set up a Free Store on the sidewalk for clothing and other nonperishable goods, helped facilitate clothing and food distribution for the Prospect Heights community

Huerto Feliz/Urbe Apie – Caguas, Puerto Rico (2020) Assisted with mulching and clearing area in garden for planting 

Workaway – Ardeche, France (2018) Assisted the owner of a bed and breakfast “auberge” in France

Dance to Unite (2015-2017) Volunteer after school Dance Teacher for ages 6-8

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – Ventura and San Bernadino, California (2013) Removed weeds, picked flowers for bouquets, construction work, and generally helped beautify and organize two organic farms in California

The Bronx is Blooming - Bronx, NY (2012-2013) Mulched, planted, and created gardens in parks and playgrounds in the Bronx


Awards, Honors

Promising Filmmaker Award for original film, “Looking Inwood”, CUNY Film Festival 2018

Phi Beta Kappa 2017

Selected Speaker for Lehman College Honors Convocation 2017

Dance Performance Award, Dance Department of Lehman College 2017

Jerome Weinstock Essay Prize for “Nature and Notation: Steps Towards a New Dance Ontology” 2016

Elizabeth S. and Henry Peters Prize for Excellence in French, Language Department of Lehman College 2016 

NY Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement - Best of the Bronx (Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment) 2015

Presidential Scholar 2012-2016

May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation Scholarship 2014



Olive Prince’s NYS Choreographers Initiative Project/NYS Dance Force (2023) creative residency with Olive Prince, choreographic  mentorship  by Jane Comfort

Axial Residency at The Croft, Horton Bay, MI (2023) collaborative dance residency with Gabrielle Revlock

Annex:art, San Fidel, NM (2019) solo dance residency


Advanced skills in wide range of dance forms: contemporary dance (partnering, improvisation, floor work), modern, butoh, bachata, gaga, ballet, jazz, musical theater, house

Other physical skills: juggling, corporeal mime (Étienne Decroux), bicycling, roller skating, cartwheels

Musical ability: singing (alto), basic piano, basic drum kit, basic percussion

Language skills: advanced/fluent French

Cooking and baking

Bartender, server, and host with over 10 years of experience working in the New York City service industry

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