Madonna Marie Refugia (instructor)
Madonna is a graduate from The University of the Arts where she studied playwriting
with Jeffrey Sweet and Albert Innaurato. There, her plays, The Big Reveal and The
Dandyville Preteen Cherub Miss Pageant were produced.
She recently studied with Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall and has also studied
acting, improv, and sketch comedy at The Walnut Street Theater, PHIT, and The Upright
Citizens Brigade Theater.
Madonna performs regularly with sketch comedy group, ManiPedi. Nominated for the
2012 and 2013 WitOut Award for Best Sketch Group, ManiPedi has been featured on
the cover of Philadelphia Weekly and named one of the top picks for the Boston Comedy
Arts Festival by DIG Boston.
Madonna was also a member of Camp Woods, which won the 2013 WitOut Awards for
Best Regular Show (Camp Woods PLUS) and Best Sketch. As a member of ManiPedi
and Camp Woods, Madonna has performed in the Chicago Sketch Fest, Ladies are Funny
Festival in Austin, TX, New York City Sketch Festival, Philly Sketch Fest, and the
Women in Comedy Festival.
Offstage, Madonna enjoys Netflix, The Legend of Zelda, and replacing song lyrics with
her dog’s name, Schroeder.