MADELINE FANSLER moved to New York City after graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of arts in theatre and music. Originally from Telluride, Colorado (pop. 2,300), Fansler typifies the homegrown girl with big apple aspirations. During high school she was a state champion in both ice hockey and competitive cheerleading while also ski racing and playing varsity soccer. She continues to lead an active lifestyle and seeks adventure whenever possible. She recently went skydiving, bungee jumping, and checked off her bucket list goal of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She also enjoys volunteering and annually completes a 40 mile bike tour through all five boroughs of NYC to raise money for the Life Is Priceless Foundation. She is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and a recent New York Rangers convert, much to the dismay of her western roots.
Fansler has been humming tunes and, for better or for worse, dancing like nobody's watching since before she could properly speak and walk. Armed with a silver spoon "microphone," her career as a performer began as a toddler when her grandfather would fashion stages out of restaurant tables and audiences out of unsuspecting diners. She's sought out the spotlight ever since and seized every opportunity her quiet, little mountain hometown offered her. Unwilling to choose between athletics and the performing arts, Fansler was often found skiing to her dance classes wearing a leotard underneath her downhill suit or singing the Star Spangled Banner in full hockey gear and uniform before playing in the game. Her schedule was and continues to be at the mercy of her passions, no matter how few hours there are in a day. She was involved in several choirs and a capella groups growing up, which served as much of her vocal training prior to college. Once at Vandy, she focused on classical voice and straight acting in an effort to refine her technique while participating in extracurricular musical theatre. From there, Fansler dove headfirst into the New York City abyss and hasn't come up for air since!
Fansler spent the last year performing throughout the US and Asia in the national/international tour of Broadway's Kinky Boots as the female swing/Lauren and Nicola u/s. She was previously seen playing Marcy in 5th Floor Theatre's sold out production of Dogfight. Other recent credits include Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line with The Secret Theatre, Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years with 4th Wall Theatre, Chris Hargensen in Carrie: The Musical with Theatre Now New York, Joanne Jefferson in RENT with The Harbor Lights Theatre Company, and Velma Kelly in Chicago with Potsdam Music Theatre. She is a member of the Musical Theatre Factory and an active Equity Membership Candidate. Shoutout to her six best friends aka her extraordinarily supportive parents and her four exceptional siblings.