by Joey Madia

Adapted from the book “The Man at the Foot of the Bed” by Josette L. Berardi

Supernatural Horror | True

Logline: A single mother and reluctant medium fights to protect her 12 year-old daughter from a malevolent spirit.

Joey Madia is an actor, director, screenwriter, audio dramatist, playwright, and novelist. He has appeared in, directed, and written well over 100 plays and a dozen projects on camera, including the 2014 remake of White Zombie and his first film as writer/director received an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival (Cleveland, OH). His screenplay The Man at the Foot of the Bed (based on a true story by Josie Berardi) was a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Storypros Screenwriting Contest. He is developing an audio drama series with a New York producer that has been compared to X-Files and Fringe.

Joey is the Artistic Director/Resident Playwright of Seven Stories Theatre Company, Inc. (which celebrated its twelfth anniversary in August 2016) and Resident Playwright at Youth Stages, LLC. Although he has written several main stage musicals and dramas, he specializes in social justice theatre and participatory plays for youth. His 17 plays for young audiences have been produced across the United States and he has two plays in the Dramatic Publishing catalog. He is the author of four books on using theatre in the classroom (The Stage Learning Series, Accompany Publishing, 2007) and is working on a fifth book, Every Day is a Story All its Own, about the necessity of telling our personal stories, and telling them well.

He has written and performed pieces about Civil War captains Louis Emilio and Thomas Maulsby as a Chautauqua Scholar for Voices from the Earth, which does symposia and performances on the African American experience in the Civil War and he portrays six different Golden Age pirates in the Legend of Blackbeard Tour, which he also wrote exclusively for Port City Tour Co. in Beaufort, NC, as well as serving as Schoolmaster for the living history group, the Cannon Crew.

He and his wife are the lead investigators for the Haunted Webb Memorial tour, also for Port City. As a teaching-artist he has taught and mentored thousands of students in both theatre and creative writing and has spoken at many schools and national conferences. He has worked with organizations including The Epilepsy Foundation of NJ and Camp NOVA to bring theatre to students with disabilities and has won three writing awards from Very Special Arts of NJ. His first novel, Jester-Knight, was published in February 2009 (New Mystics Enterprises) and he will be publishing the sequel in summer of 2017.

His second novel, Minor Confessions of an Angel Falling Upward was published in September 2012 (Burning Bulb Publishing). He is a book and music reviewer and the founding editor of, a literary site he created in 2002 that now houses the work of over 70 writers and artists from around the world. His poetry, essays, and short stories have been widely published and have earned him several awards.


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