MADDRAMA was founded on the campus of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi in 1998 by Mark G. Henderson. The Founding Student Members are Harold Barnwell, Treasure Williams, Frank Terry, Jr., and Taranasha Wallace. The group's purpose, at that time, was to provide an outlet for students interested in drama activities on campus. Although there were other drama activities on campus, there were very few opportunities for students to develop and distribute their theatrical ideas beyond the campus environment. With the founding of MADDRAMA, the students began to travel extensively throughout the city, state, and country. MADDRAMA became a major recruitment vehicle for both the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art and the university. In 2000, MADDRAMA began to expand its scope and solicited members of the Metro Jackson, MS community. Cynthia Bell, Rhonda Chambers, Alisa R. Patrick-McDonald, and Louis Wright, Jr. are the Founding Members. In 2004, MADDRAMA became an official campus organization and is now part of the Special Interest Council at Jackson State University.
A New Membership Process takes place during the fall semester of each year. Interested students are to meet all requirements set forth by the Office of Student Activities at Jackson State University, and must complete a learning/training process developed by the current membership. Each membership group is referred to as a S.C.E.N.E. We are proud to say that each year students' interest has increased and our membership includes approximately 167 members on the JSU campus.