Maddox Pennington (he/they)

Writer, Director, Producer

Maddox Pennington is a nonbinary comedian, professor, and playwright; a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, he is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University, and their debut bibliomemoir, A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontës Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work was published by Hachette Books in 2017.  Previous writing has appeared on Electric Literature, The Toast, The American Scholar online; they’ve performed at DC Nerd Nite, FemX Improvised Monologues, the DC Drafthouse, the DC Arts Center for the LGBTQ Comedy Festival, and other comedy venues.  After teaching college and creative writing in New York and Washington DC, they moved to Los Angeles to join the writing faculty at the University of Southern California. Their work for the stage has been developed with the Native Voices series at the Autry Museum of the American West and the La Jolla Playhouse, NYC’s FRIGID Queerly Festival Off-Off Broadway, the Theatre Viscera Podcast, in LA’s Moving Arts MADLab, and the 2023 T/GNC Reading Festival. At the Hollywood Fringe, they’ve written, directed and produced two award-winning plays with majority nonbinary/trans casts—Love Chicken and Annex. They recently completed a post-apocalyptic workplace comedy pilot with the Native American Media Alliance TV Writer’s Lab. You can find them online at and @MKPinLA.

The Trans Conversation Project is a multi-faceted event series that includes intergenerational interviews, writing & performance workshops with the LA Get Down festival, and a newly devised theater project for the 2024 Hollywood Fringe. The Trans Conversation Project is supported by the West Hollywood Trans Arts Initiative and a Netflix Accelerator Grant. Follow along at @CampGayBonesProd on Instagram.