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Social Responsibility

professional & Personal Philanthropic Activities

Aside from CME Energy, William J. Martin has served on a number of boards, has helped finance the development of successful Off-Broadway plays and documentary films, and was a leader in the effort to create accessibility for people with mobility challenges, particularly paraplegics and quadriplegics.

NILP / Stavros Foundation

Mr. Martin was a national leader in the effort to make the United States accessible for people with mobility impairments. This effort led to the creation and passage of the American's with Disabilities Act, the reduction of many of the physical barriers to independent living, and the creation of such enhancements as curb-cuts and accessible public housing and buildings. In this regard, Mr. Martin is the cofounder of two leading organizations in the field, the Stavros Foundation, Amherst Massachusetts (www.stavros.org) and the Northeast Independent Living Program {NILP}, North Andover, Massachusetts (www.nilp.org), serving as a co-founder and director of each. In this role, Mr. Martin helped create programs, arranged project and company financing and managed the staff and operations of each organization.

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.

Lark Theater

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,” will be in the Roundtable presentation in 2016.  Mr. Martin is working to produce “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.