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Monday’s Madame: Felicia Tillman

Location: Jackson, Mississippi

Why She Inspires Us:

Felicia Tillman is a notable business owner, playwright, and author in Mississippi. A high school dropout and teen mom, instead of continuing down the wrong path, Tillman made positive life-changing decisions that led her towards her heart’s desires: earning her GED and graduating from Jackson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

Tillman established a tax business before revisiting a vision for a story that took her in a new exciting direction, penning her first “playopera,” U Got To Hurt Before U Heal.  The production debuted at Jackson State University in 2010 and sparked the beginning of Made’lyn Productions. Since creating Made’lyn Productions company, Tillman has written, produced, and directed three “playoperas” and self-published a novel. Her production company also hosts an annual drill team competition where Lifetime’s Bring It cast, The Dancing Dolls of The Dollhouse Dance Factory, were once crowned champions. The wife and mother of four prepares to debut her third play-opera Don’t Start No Stuff, Won’t Be No Stuff at the convention center in Jackson, Mississippi on April 5th.

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