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Theatre

Epic Theater

Having joined its board in 2002, Mr. Martin served as Board Chair of Epic Theatre Ensemble, a New York-based Off-Broadway, OBIE award-winning theatre organization (www.epictheatrectr.org). Having resigned from the Board in 2014, Mr. Martin continues to fund new play development through the Blue Paint Series.

The Kumi and Bill Martin Foundation sponsors the annual series within EPIC, which has presented several plays for the first time including 2007 OBlE award-winning "NO CHILD ..." among others. Epic is the 2009 winner of the Coming Up Taller award presented by President and Michele Obama for their work in Inner City Schools through the Shakespeare Remix program. Epic has formed a relationship with one of the independent living foundations Bill founded in the '70's, NILP, and together they sponsor a summer theatre program in Lawrence, Mass, where students with severe disabilities create and publically perform their plays.

Representative Plays developed and Produced by EPIC during Bill Martin’s leadership include:

  • Nilaja Sun’s No Child… {2007 OBIE Award}
  • Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play {2010 Best Three Plays  in NY}
  • Judith Thomson’s Palace of the End
  • Verne Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift
  • Zak Berkman’s Beauty on the Vine
  • Nilaja Sun’s  Pike Street
  • Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths

Lark Theater

Bill Martin serves as the Co-chair of the LARK Global Exchange Initiative.

The LARK Theater has presented five of Bill Martin’s plays either publicly or through its Roundtable Program.  These plays include:

  • The Fortunate Ones April 2016 {See attachment and place as a link)
  • What Bears Dream Public Salon Presentation The lark ---2016
  • Jimmy Crow Plays Golf One Day LARK Roundtable March 2016
  • Big Indian LARK Roundtable 2016
  • Blood Map LARK Roundtable 2015

In 2014 and 2015, LARK Theatre Company presented two of Mr. Martin’s plays, “Blood Map” and “The Fortunate One” in their Roundtable Series.  A third play, “Jimmy Crow Plays Golf One Day,” was in the Roundtable presentation in 2016.  Mr. Martin produceed “The Fortunate One” in 2017.  He serves on LARK’s Global Exchange Task Force regarding new play development in Mexico, Russia, the Middle East and China.

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MOSAIC Theater

Bill and Kumi Martin produced The Return, a play written by Hanna Eady & Edward Mast and directed by John Vreeke, which showed at the Mosaic Theater Company in the summer of 2017. The Return is underwritten by Deborah Carliner & Robert Remes, Kumi & Bill Martin, and the Garber-Saleh Trust, with additional support from Debbie J. Goldman.

The Return is a gripping mystery set in a run-down automobile repair shop in old Herzliya, this American premiere by Palestinian playwright Hanna Eady and Seattle-based writer with Edward Mast elegantly dramatizes the smoldering tension between a Palestinian mechanic and an attracted, conflicted Israeli Jewish woman from his past. Four Pinteresque scenes deftly unfold a story of love, betrayal, guilt, and challenge. To learn more about the play, click here.

Film

Ambitions Debt

Bill Martin is the Executive Producer of the film, Ambitions Debt, about the post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome’s most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar, in order to forestall tyranny and preserve democracy. Ambitions Debt won the 2017 Grand Jury Award Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival.

Ambitions Debt has been accepted for the International Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in October 2017.

Other Films

In addition, Mr. Martin has sponsored three award-winning documentaries with film maker Jocelyn Ajami. "Queen of the Gypsies" won the Lincoln Center Award in its Dance in Film series.