Madison Comerzan is a co-founder of Mastodon Theatre Company. She hails from Detroit, Michigan, and has been living in New York for over four years where she works as an actor and a Pilates instructor. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Western Michigan University. She also completed the two year acting program at William Esper Studio studying under Bill Esper. Previous credits include: MICHAELA in Mastodon's Elemeno Pea, ADDISON in Nylon Fusion Collective's Miss Hope's, FELICE in After the Fall with Variations Theatre Group, KELLY in Love and the Small Print (2012 Cannes Film Festival), and appearances on ABC's What Would You Do. She also held the title of producer for Mastodon's production of Molly Smith Metzler's play Elemeno Pea. www.madisoncomerzan.com
You’ll be performing in the world premiere production of Keep, which we are co-producing with Mastodon Theatre Company. How are rehearsals going? Can you tell us a little bit about the character you’ll be playing, and your favorite thing about this role? (No spoilers!)
Rehearsals have been tough. The set is such a huge part of this play and we wont be able to play on the set until tech week. However, it has been so fun making up a hoader's space with rehearsal props every night. I feel like a little kid again.
I will be playing Jane. She is a bit neurotic and a little confused about her own identity. She has a big heart though and loves loving others.
My favorite part about becoming Jane has been mastering her physicality. I think Jane is an "emu" and I have been working on embodying an emu for this character. Weird, I know...I am an actor.
When did you know that you wanted to be an actor? How did you get started?
I honestly have no idea when I knew that I wanted to be an actor. I think I just always have. My mom says that when I was little, people would ask me what I wanted to me when I grew up and my answer was, "Well, do you want to know what my parents want me to be when I grow up or do you want to know what I want to be when I grow up?" My answer was always "Actor." My grandmother got me started in actual theatre classes when I was about 10 years old. My grandmother has always supported my creative endeavors. I am so thankful for her.
This is a play that deals with – among other things – hoarding belongings. What’s one thing that you really should release from your own personal stash of objects?
I am more of a purger than a hoarder so I don't hang on to much. However, I won't let my mom throw out any of my old stuffed animal from childhood. I am not sure why...I feel their little button eyes looking at me like, "Please don't throw us out Madison, we love you." I just can't bear to get rid of them even though they take up space.
Who or what do you consider to have been your biggest creative inﬂuences to date?
I grew up watching Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy. She is one of my biggest idols. Her physical work is amazing as well as her personal story. I also love everyone on SNL. My dream is to be on that show one day!
We’d love for our audience to get to know your work a little more. Could you tell us a little bit about your last project?
My work with Mastodon has forced me to delve into the world of writing and producing. I wrote a seven-page script for one of our Pint Size Plays back in the summer of 2015, and a short screenplay for StagNation / Wide Eyed Productions' upcoming web series Bar Crossed Lovers. Seeing something that I wrote performed was magical. I loved it and am really trying to make writing a bigger part of me life.
Are you working on any additional projects at the moment? Is it something you can tell us about?
I am currently choreographing a dance piece for Mastodon's Evening of Pint Size Plays on 4/25. This yet to be titled dance piece will be featuring Katy Copeland and Becca Shulman. Rehearsals are scheduled to start on 4/8. I am nervous but so excited to create feeling through movement with my dancers. Dance has always been a big part of my life and as I get older, I have realized that I communicate best through movement. It is so exciting to know that there is a whole other creative world out there for me to explore. If you're reading this and you're free the evening of 4/25, come see "Untitled" at Mastodon's Evening of Pint Size Plays at The Barrow Group Theatre at 7pm!
Keep begins previews at The Barrow Group Theatre on April 7 and runs through April 30. Get your tickets here. Bar Crossed Lovers Episode 1 premieres on May 11. Stay tuned!