September Spotlight on Women in the Arts: Maddy Campbell

14102685_10206552671153899_2939360282678065349_nThe National Theatre of MatMadia presents: SHE MOON (a show about butts)

Artists in Residence at The Muse Brooklyn, September 24th at 7pm

Tickets: $20 at door/$15 presale; The Muse Brooklyn, 350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn

The National Theatre of MatMadia is proud to present SHE MOON: A Show About Butts at The Muse Brooklyn. SHE MOON, an ensemble creation, is directed by Maddy Campbell.


SHE MOON incorporates aerial, dance, storytelling, music and magic, and rocks out with the punk band, MAUDE GUN with Carissa Matsushima. The cheeky ensemble company shares their parable and stories with the audience and to the Moon … because she always listens. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with a Moon Market at the newly renovated Muse outdoor space. In the hour-long crack-of-time prior to the performance, aerialists entertain and free champagne flows. The Moon Market is full of artists and artisans including baked goods, spiritual services, tarot readings, art and much more. Moon Goddesses will be waiting to bless you with bubbly to the music by Carissa Matsushima. SheMoon supports local LGBTQ- and People-of-Color-owned businesses.
Bottomline: Using the parable of A Woman’s Ass, we will to celebrate women’s bodies through stories of oppression, repression, joy and sorrow.

MEET MADDY CAMPBELL, Butt Nymph, Goddess of The Blood Moon, and – oh yes – director of the project.

Maddy, while NYU classically trained, is an experimental actor, singer, playwright based in NYC. She trained at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The Experimental Theater Wing. Recent credits includes The Induction of Lady M (Greenpoint Gallery) and Small Talk (Triskelion Arts). Maddy is a proud member of artist collective, Experimental Bitch Presents and works as the Executive Assistant to Producing Artistic Director, Kori Rushton at IRT Theatre.

So, tell us about yourself as an artist.

I’m a weirdo. And I’ve learned not to hide that in my art. I believe in having fun on stage – especially with serious subjects. My work, while about serious subjects like mental health or gender identity, is always put through the lens of confetti, balloons or something else fun or festive. This is why we’re talking about body positivism through the lens of Butts. Because butts are the funniest part of the anatomy – in my opinion. They are weird fatty globs that you sit on. And they jiggle. What’s more fun than that?
NEW FB IMAGEOK, here it is … why women’s tushies??? 
I have a big ass. And growing up in conservative Kansas everyone had a lot to say about it. Especially being in theatre and dance. We girls had to move our butts the way the dance teacher wanted, but not too sexy to make the moms and men uncomfortable. We had to cover our butts, but still dress nicely and form fitting to please the moms and men. Any butt wiggling had to be okayed by a grown up.  And my ass being as big as it is ALWAYS made it that much bigger of a problem. Other girls could wear the short skirts- I got a talking to when I tried.  All the decisions about what I put on my butt, how I moved my butt and even what I called my butt was controlled by everyone but me. And this show is about changing that. My butt is just a part of my body. It’s not something for others to sexualize. It’s not for others to tell me what to do with it. My butt is mine and belongs to no one else. 
What’s it like tackling such a  topic as women’s bumms
It’s actually REALLY weird. As someone who is not attracted to or at all obsessed with feminine butts, it’s weird to keep talking about them. The stranger phenomenon is that people keep telling me stories about their butts. Stories similar to mine and some very different. One woman told me how in Spanish culture, her mom would keep telling her -you always have to make sure your coulo looks good. It always has to be out to attract the male. Other people talked about how no one wanted to see their butts. That it had to be hidden at all time. Others tell me how much they love their butts and it’s their favorite feature. The one thing that seems constant- EVERYONE has a story about their butt.
What the biggest obstacle you are facing with this show
It’s a taboo subject. Facebook is censoring our content. They don’t mind if we put up highly edited ‘perfect’ butts, but when we put up an article with pictures of normal women’s butts they took it down. We’re talking about women pooping, anal sex, Cultural appropriation, and repression. All of which are antsy subjects to the larger public audience. While butts can be exciting and sexy (and funny), they are also a highly controlled topic. It’s hard to remain open and honest.
What’s the parable or moral of the story? 
We own our own asses. No one else gets to tell us how to move them, how to cover them, what comes out or goes in them. They are ours to do with as we please. I don’t care if you are a three year old or eighty. Your ass is your own. 
What is your opinion of indie film and theater? 
I think Indie theater is the source of all art. The polished version of a brilliant idea on Broadway was originally developed in some corner of Brooklyn by some sloppy penny-less artists. Without experiment how would art move forward?
Finally, my favourite, I’m sure you have both commercial and indie creds, so what’s its like being a woman in the NYC arts scene in the 21st century… commercial v indie. 
In commercial art your job is to please everyone else. Clean yourself off, put on a smile, and do your job. For indie theater, if I don’t like what I’m doing than the show is going to suck ass. I’m not talking about putting all my feelings on stage in a self-indulgent way, I’m talking about putting something on stage that I would like to see. Otherwise, why am I doing it? This is a question I’ve continuously had to ask myself over and over again during this project. Any time I think, ‘I hate this’ then I’m taking the wrong path. I can’t compromise for anyone or what am I doing. I even told my parents not to come to this one 😉

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