Madison Young ( Performer,Writer, Producer) –
Madison Young is a feminist porn icon and body based performance artist dedicated to creating space for radical love. This body-based performance artist grew up in the suburban landscape of Southern Ohio before moving to San Francisco in 2000. Young’s work spans from documenting our sexual culture in her 44 Internationally screened and award-winning feminist erotic films to curating over 500 performance art and visual art exhibitions through out the country in the past decade including exhibitions at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Highways Theater in Santa Monica, and The Body Archive in New York City. Young has exhibited Internationally with her performance art, video art installations, and photography. Her memoir, Daddy, was published in February 2014 through Rare Bird Lit and her forthcoming books The DIY Porn Handbook: Documenting Our Sexual Revolution(Greenery Press) and The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood (Cleis Press) will be released in late 2016. Young has been featured for her expertise in sex-positive culture on such media outlets as BravoTV, Huffington Post, Salon.com, New York Times, and HBO.
Annie Sprinkle ( Dramaturge) – Annie Sprinkle is an internationally known performer whose ground-breaking work is studied at many Universities/Colleges performance art history, theater, and gender studies courses. Starting in 1989, Sprinkle toured one-woman theater pieces about her life and work to nineteen countries for over twenty years. Post Porn Modernist, Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, MetamorphoSex, and Hardcore from the Heart were popular and controvercial. She performed at dozens of prestigious theaters, festivals, and major museums. She was a porn star and prostitute who became one of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement.”
When Annie Sprinkle feel heels-over-head in love with artist and professor Elizabeth Stephens, they started creating and touring two-woman shows such as Exposed: Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art. Their Blue Wedding the Sea at Venice Biennale’s Murcia Spain Pavilion, drew artists from many countries wanting to perform in the wedding with them. Their current theater piece, Here Come the Ecosexuals!, takes the form of an outdoors walking tour. This Valentine’s day weekend the dynamic duo will perform this piece at the Walker Museum in Minneapolis, and then at the Outsider Fest in Austin, where the artist couple will also be getting a “Legacy Award” for lifetime achievement. For more, visit anniesprinkle.org and sexecology.org
Annie Sprinkle is proud and honored that Madison Young will be doing her first one-woman theater piece using some of the elements of Post Porn Modernist. Madison is her “porn art daughter.”
Sophia La Paglia (Director) – Sophia LaPaglia is so excited to be directing this extraordinary piece. Raised in the traditional theater, Sophia studied on Broadway at Circle in the Square, with world renowned teacher Alan Langdon. She travels between the Bay Area and New York, creating works that blur the lines between performance art, theatre, and activism. Annie Sprinkle’s work has been her number one inspiration over the years and to have the opportunity to expand on it with Madison has been life-changing and a true inspiration.
With over 10 years of training and experience in dance and theatre, she is a professional entertainer who travels nationally to perform and produce.
Notably, she has opened for Blackheart Burlesque and is a currently feature entertainer at the world-famous Kit Kat Club. For over a decade she has been a headliner at Dante’s Sinferno in Portland, OR; rated one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the country. She has used the power of performance to raise money for several charities including Planned Parenthood, Tsunami Relief Fund, the ACLU, and Portland Oregon based “No To Rape Culture”. 2017 marks her second year a co-curator of “Metalesque Fest”, the world’s only three day festival celebrating performance art and heavy metal music. Beyond, performance, she is an accomplished writer and artist, having published several zines about the industry.
Mars Adams (Production Manager & Costumer/Stylist) -Oakland native and dynamic collaborator, Mars Adams has worked with Madison since 2013 on a variety of projects. Their talents range from costumer and stylist, to personal assistant and events coordinator, professional organizer and performer. Mars hand crafts out of this world custom accessories and fascinators locally as Mars Attax Designs and has worked with a range of Bay Area performance artists, dancers, adult performers, fashionistas and brides alike! As a professional organizer and personal assistant, Mars works predominantly with sex workers, creative hoarders and arts based entrepreneurs to streamline their lives and generally support their fabulous existence.
Kern Toy ( Graphic Designer for Program)
Lydia Daniller (Photographer – for SF premier)
Carol Leigh (Videographer – for SF premier)
Paul Ciarlo (Sound Engineer/Designer/Operator)
Drew Kaufman (Lighting Designer and Operator for SF premier)
Siouxsie Q ( Theater Consultant)
Kelly Shibari (Publicist/PR – for SF premier)