Meet The Creative Team
Founder / Creative Director
Stage Direction / Choreography
Sarah Bryce Mann has been dancing since the age of 10, doing a multitude of styles ranging from musical theatre to ballet to modern, however, her main focus was always hip hop. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Chapman University. After college, Sarah relocated to Los Angeles to focus on a commercial dance career. Since moving to LA, Sarah's primary focus has shifted towards the fusion of aerial arts with dance, first with her company Jagged West, then as a solo artist, and now with Madmann's Playground.
Corrin is an award winning filmmaker and intimacy coordinator. Her work can be seen on shows such as American Horror Stories, Mayans, The After Series and many more. Her directorial work has been shown at Hollyshorts, Austin Revolution and Culver City Film Festival. Her films have won awards for Best Actress ("Cousins") and Best Romance ("Enough" and "Cousins").
Derek’s journey into the arts began as an actor and musician. As his interest in live performance grew, he transitioned into design, collaborating on works for fashion, museum, dance, and theater along the eastern seaboard including New York, Washington D.C., and Virginia.
Derek leads the Panda Roja team with unending creative energy and technical prowess. His experience as a college professor and his passionate attention to detail have positioned Derek as an instrumental manager and mentor. He directs his team to focus on Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration for every project.
Derek grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and moved to DC for almost a decade. After stints in Indiana and Maine, Derek moved to LA to pursue architectural lighting. Since then, he has enjoyed it so much that he has set up roots in LA while still traveling across the country to complete projects. His favorite hobby is traveling the world to ride roller coasters.
Derek received both a BA in Theatre and BS in Physics from The George Washington University and his MFA in Lighting Design from Indiana University.
Kelly Maglia is a glam-metal singer, pole dancer, and designer of hand-made glam-wear for badass babes.These days, it's her mission to create fist-pumping music and rockin' fashion that brings out every woman's Big Diva Energy.
After doing the “right” thing with herself for over a decade – winning a British Marshall Scholarship and studying in London and then founding a successful costume company – she turned her attention to MAKING the music she had loved so much in her youth.
She decided it was time to put those latent Bachelor’s Degrees in Classical Voice and English Literature to good use. Add that to her newly-found love of artistic pole dancing, and a new archetype was born. If Motley Crue had thrown dollar bills at girls, girls, girls, she was becoming a singer AND pole dancer – a new kind of Heavy Metal Goddess. And not unlike a phoenix rising from the pillar of her responsible adult life – she found my both her voice AND her wings.
Two-time Emmy-award winning Canadian composer/arranger Hummie Mann has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates' “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski, starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello.
For television, he has scored projects for Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage - Two Women”), Joe Dante (“Masters of Horror: Homecoming” & “The Screwfly Solution”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series of films), among others.
Mann was honored with his second Emmy Award for an episode of Showtime's Picture Windows entitled “Language of the Heart”, a love story about a street musician and an aspiring ballerina. The composer's score so impressed director Jonathan Kaplan that Kaplan hired him to score the CBS mini-series “In Cold Blood” starring Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts.
Katie is a poet, actor and performance artist who has been featured in many popular immersive shows across Los Angeles including The Toledo Show, where she dances and performs original poetic works, Safehouse77 and Safehouse82 as the lead character for two seasons, and the online immersive experience Sherwood and Nottingham as a sultry burlesque performer and poet for two seasons. Madmann's Playground's production of "Van Helsing's Dracula" will be Katie's directorial debut.
Abby Relic is the Production Assistant and will act as the Day-of Production Coordinator for Madmann's Playground. Abby was a professional ballerina for many years with the Kansas City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet and is also an actress, giving her an expansive understanding of the performing arts world. Aside from her knowledge of the live performance industry, she also has a 10 year history of working at restaurants and as a caterer. Her catering experience spanned Wolfgang Puck, Sunset Tower Hotel, London Hotel, Sony Studios, and various after parties for the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmy's, Grammy's, and many film and tv premiers. Her
restaurant experience includes 4N20 Diner (North Hollywood, CA), Hard Rock Cafe (Portland, OR), Von's Martini Bar (Seattle, WA). In addition, Abby was the Office Manager at Personal Pilates for 3 years and recently opened her own private studio, Relic Mobility, in May of 2020. Her knowledge of the food industry, live dance/theater industry, and her management experience enables her to work
alongside Sarah, managing the backstage goings-on of Madmann's Playground, coordinating the food service and staff, and effectively navigating and directing the flow of each show.
Interested in joining the Madmann's Playground team?