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Self-Producing for Actors with Jonathan David Martin '09

Actor, director and producer Jonathan David Martin '09 guides us through the minefield of self-producing.

This three-hour seminar addresses what every artist needs to know about getting your work seen by an audience.  We will cover articulating what the project is and why it is important, how to create a budget and a production timeline, how to get an audience to show up, and how to get the help you need--whether it’s volunteers or funders--to accomplish your goals. 

Producing your own work onstage, screen, and online is booming as a result of artists’ ability to connect directly with audiences using the Internet and social media.  It has become an effective way to create your own specific identity as an artist and to be noticed by casting directors and producers in the industry. This seminar will give you the resources and tools to take a work from inception (or from the classroom) to Off-Broadway and beyond. 

Jonathan David Martin

Jonathan David Martin

Jonathan David Martin is an NYU Grad Acting alum class of ’09.  As a producer he spent two years as the Associate Producer at Theater J in Washington DC and is the founding Co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative (SMC), an award-winning New York City theater company whose original new plays tell unfamiliar stories about familiar social issues.  He has toured work with SMC across South Africa, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and to Washington DC as well as performed off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Jonathan also co-founded Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle where he led their ensemble training and corporate outreach programs and performed in six productions over two years. Elsewhere as a performer his credits include Lincoln Center’s Broadway production of War Horse, upcoming productions at Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the National Black Theater, Two Rivers Theater, Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Santa Monica, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and with LA-based Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble where he is the Director of New Work Development.