Who Is Dale Guy Madison?
Dale Guy Madison has spent most of his life entertaining and educating audiences.
Madison knew he was a performer since his first grade appearance in “Jimmy and the Sleep Fairies.” He received his first on screen film credit in the original 1988 John Waters movie, "Hairspray" and has appeared on NBC’s "Homicide: Life on the Streets" as well as Showtime’s "Barbershop the Series." Dale has worked in front of the camera as a model and behind the camera as a costume designer .
In 1989 Dale co-founded a non-profit educational theater company called Umoja SaSa! Storytellers. The traveling theater company’s mission was dedicated to the preservation of African storytelling. As an oral historian, Dale wrote and adapted classic and original tales into vivid performances that left children as well as adults spellbound. As co-founder of Actors Against Drugs, Dale not only performed, but acted as Publicity Director and Costume Designer.
After a nationwide search, Dale was selected as a Fashion Channel host for the QVC network in 1991 and worked with numerous celebrities during his 4 year run. Not content with just being a host, he created and produced the successful African Marketplace shows,as well as Destination: Africa. In the program, he sold his own line of hand-made African inspired dolls. These live 2-hour events attracted many more African American viewers to the shopping channel markets and inspired similar shows on BET and other cable programs
The Baltimore City Health department asked him to be project manager of the Men of Color Against Aids Project in 1995. As project manager, one of his duties was to publish a monthly newsletter, Men of Color TALK where he was also editor. He wrote a monthly column that dealt with subjects such as creative ways to have safe sex and the importance of HIV testing. A highlight of that experience was writing, directing and producing a public service announcement starring then mayor, Kurt Smoke and a cast of gay men.
Dale was awarded two grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. First a play writing award (1999) and a solo-performance award (1996) grant for his one man show, FREEda Slave: Mask of a Diva, which addressed issues of cross dressing and intra-discrimination within the gay community. It debuted in Los Angeles at the Hudson Backstage Theater in 2000 and was selected as Backstage West/Dramalouge “Pick of the Week.”
A spoken word poet as well as an actor, Dale hosted Soulful Salon’s Third Thursday open mic night at Jewel’s Catch One 2006-2007 and produced “WANTED: Damn Good Man,” a spoken word CD . Dale spent most of 2007 performing his brand of spoken word at Long Beach Pride, San Diego Pride, Los Angeles Pride (ATB), West Hollywood Book Fair and Sabor Con Fusion. He co-produced a short film based on one of his poems, “The Panty Man” which screened at the 2009 Pan-African Film festival, the 2009 Show Off Your Shorts Festival and Africa in the Picture of Amsterdam.
The year he received his BA from Antioch University (2009), Dale published his memoirs and produced a documentary on it entitled DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host and other greatest hits. It was awarded “Best LGBT film at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival.
He received a Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Leadership and Change in 2010 the same year he published his second book, The Friendship Train (a.k.a. Sissy Sammy in the Land of WEHO 9069)