MADISON HOUSE, INC. today (January 31) has announced the formation of MADISON HOUSE SPEAKS, a new speaker and comedy division at the Boulder, CO-based booking agency and management company. The new division will focus on harnessing the power of the microphone to effect change, with a client roster that includes Chuck D and Common, among many others. Leading the charge for the division is agent Sean Lawton along with Madison House co-founder NadiaPrescher.Lawton joins the Madison House team with over 20 years of experience providing some of the world’s most respected speakers and entertainers to universities and performing arts centers.
“Over the past two years, we’ve noticed some significant changes in the speaking and comedy worlds,” say Lawton and Prescher on launching MADISON HOUSE SPEAKS now. “The current climate seems particularly conducive for a new approach to the booking process.”
There will be an “all hands on deck approach” to booking MADISON HOUSESPEAKS events, with agents tapping into existing relationships while forging new partnerships along the way. As Lawton notes, “The agents here understand the elements that make a live experience magical. Our expectation is everyone at Madison House will be making contributions to the launch.”
Addressing what they hope to accomplish with the new division, Lawton and Prescher say: “First of all, we want to give the unique voices on our roster a bigger platform for their messages. Second, we want to create new speaking opportunities that don’t currently exist. And perhaps most importantly, we’d like to do a better job of connecting our artists with their fan base. In the past, the people who attend these events were an afterthought. We think there is a tremendous amount of room for improvement there.”
The eclectic roster for MADISON HOUSE SPEAKS ranges from musicians, comedians, actors, authors and lawyers to activists, political commentators, athletes, mental health counselors, and much more. The initial list of personalities represented by MADISONHOUSE SPEAKS for lecture and speaking engagements includes: Chuck D (rapper, author, activist), Common (hip-hop recording artist, film producer, actor), Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht; 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, youth director), LaneMoore (stand-up comedian, writer, musician), Peter Shapiro (founder of Dayglo Ventures [LOCKN’ Festival, Brooklyn Bowl, Relix magazine and more] and Fans.com), Jeff Cohen (entertainment lawyer, author, actor), Jodie Sweetin (actress best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” and “Fuller House,” author, activist), Charles Phoenix (showman, food crafter, author), Gabi Moskowitz (author, producer, editor-in-chief of the cooking blog BrokeAss Gourmet), Jamelle Bouie (chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine, political analyst for CBS News), Anthony Ervin (4-time Olympic medalist for swimming, author), Jaclyn Friedman (writer/author, speaker, activist), ToWrite Love On Her Arms (non-profit organization), Brittany Packnett (activist, educator, writer) and Bree Newsome (writer, director, activist). To view the full roster for MADISON HOUSE SPEAKS, go to www.madisonhousespeaks.com.
Nothing is off limits when it comes to the types of places where MADISON HOUSESPEAKS will be booking their talent, noting the varied types of speakers signed to the roster (ranging in careers, ages, specialties, etc.). “Everything is on the table,” say Lawton and Prescher, adding: “While we’re sure we’ll work on traditional university, theater and corporate events, we’ll also be focused on creating new forums. By making each experience memorable for our audiences, we think the number of opportunities will increase dramatically.”
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