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Photo Credit // Deborah Cowell

Katie Madison is an award winning artist based in the Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land known as Brooklyn. Katie’s sound practice is an investigation of the destabilization of aural and bodily oppression through a meditative state rooted in, built from, and designed to be in conversation with indigenous ancestral folk form and drum circle theory, grown in the tradition of Black feminism, Queer pioneers, accessibility advocates, social work practitioners, and community builders. 

Katie is a composer, director, bookwriter, lyricist, producer, vocalist and poet based in the Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land known as Brooklyn. Katie is a 2023, 2022 and 2021 Jonathan Larson Award finalist, and was seen in conversation with New York Times best selling author Ibi Zoboi debuting a digital commission produced with Kweli Journal and talking about Black Queer Love with Laylah Amatullah Barryn for NPR. Katie is a recipient of the New York City Artist Corps Grant, the Tisch School of the Arts Award, the Michigan Promise Award, the Michigan Tradition Award, and a New York Stage and a Film Founders Award finalist. Katie was featured in Lincoln Center's Summer for the City Festival in July of 2022 where she shared 10 original compositions arranged for voice, piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, percussion, and cello. Katie's musical SUN SONGS (music, lyrics, vocals, arrangements, casting, direction & dramaturgy by Katie Madison, book, direction and dramaturgy by Deborah Cowell) was workshopped with New York Stage and Film as part of their 2022 summer programming at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Photo Credit // Maria Baranova

In August of 2021, Katie used a New York City Artist Corps Grant to produce, direct and perform in a concert of work at the historic Weeksville Heritage Center. Katie was a Critical Breaks Resident with Hi-ARTS in April 2021 developing the new musical SUN SONGS.

Katie was chosen by The Downtown Alliance in collaboration with En Garde Arts and The Tank to re-open New York City in their first live performance post pandemic which was featured in Vogue, New York Magazine, and Vulture

Katie's work has been commissioned by the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department, New York Stage and Film, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Opera Project, The Civilians, Milwaukee Skylight Theatre, The Tank, Judson Memorial Church, Rockwood Music Hall, and Dixon Place. She has also produced and performed work at 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, The Stonewall Inn, The Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Horizons and with Broad Views on Broadway and Multicultural Womxn in Theatre.


Katie also volunteers with the 52nd Street Project as a composer. In 2019, Katie’s show [ taking ] space was a Sundance Theatre Lab Finalist and Katie was one of three finalists for the National Black Theatre’s Soul Producing Residency. Katie has produced numerous digital musical theater works which can be found exclusively at


Photo Credit // MJ Martinez

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