Madeline was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. From an early age she had a fascination with storytelling and a flare for the dramatic: her first self-produced play premiered in the neighborhood when she was 4 years old. Always a girl who belonged to more than one place, she spent much of her childhood spending time with family in Hawaii, Florida and Oregon and fostered a lifetime passion for travel and adventure. Theatre became the glue in her life, her community and her home. Always academically curious, Madeline attended Northwestern University, where she double majored in Theatre and Political Science, wrote plays, directed an award winning short film, and was a leader in The Campus Kitchens community service organization.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2008, and has pursued acting ever since. She is well known for her leading performances in The Guest House, Auteur, and American Idiots, and has many other indie film credits. She is a monthly contributor to Ms. In the Biz, a women in entertainment blog. She is an advocate for women’s rights and indigenous rights. Recently she has transitioned from being “strictly” an actress, and is stretching her wings as a producer, writer and community organizer. She is passionate about collaborating with original story-tellers and bringing diverse stories to the media landscape.