Meet the Artistic Director
Madeline Maxine Gorman (she/her) is a talkative and loud person. That’s due in part to bad hearing, but mostly because she has always been passionate about conveying important messages. A Maryland native, Max navigates the world as a queer, disabled, and neurodivergent person. Described as a “raw talent” and “a treasure that can push her and the dance community in the right direction” (Charm City Dance), she experiments with the pervasive undercurrents of mass media, mental health, and movement as the Artistic Director of GRIDLOCK Dance.
Most recently, GRIDLOCK was commissioned by Joe’s Movement Emporium to present Veritas in 2021. Through interactive technology and misinformation, Veritas mirrors how voyeurism, escapism, and sensationalism influence understandings of truth in everyday life. In 2019, Max’s self-produced and sold-out show ADDICT raised more than $4,000 for a new homeless shelter in Baltimore, specifically serving women affected by addiction. An ADDICT excerpt was voted Audience Favorite in the Ascending Choreographer’s Festival.
In addition to her evening-length shows, her shorter works have been featured in the BIDA Choreographer’s Showcase, SPRINGBOARD Performance Series, Peabody Dance! Festival, and Joy of Motion’s Dance Project Showcase, among others. Some pandemic-impacted achievements include presentation in Dance Place’s New Releases Showcase and at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
As an educator, Max has taught a diverse range of populations, including pre-professional dancers, seasoned movers, college football players, and theater actors. Most recently, Max partnered with On Our Own of Maryland, a behavioral health nonprofit, to create and conduct workshops on arts advocacy and movement for self-care to young adults with mental health and substance use struggles.
Max graduated as commencement speaker from Towson University with her B.F.A. in Dance and B.S. in Mass Communication.