Playwrite, Producer, Director and more!
T.Y. Martin, playwright, producer, director, and actor, has been involved in more than 34 stage plays in ten short years. Relentlessly working in the entertainment industry, Martin has the uncanny and tireless ability to write scripts, cast actors, direct, and obtain sponsorship. Recently, T.Y. Martin has sold out the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA with his blockbuster plays “The Hem of His Garment” and “The Biblical Principle” multiples times.
Originally trained in fashion merchandising in Chicago, Illinois, Martin first took to the stage in 1993. He was on tour in the USA for eight years as a stand-up comedian, opening shows for the O’Jays, the Whispers, Mary J Blige, Kirk Franklin, Steve Harvey, and many others. Martin made the transition from comedy to acting in 1996, when he toured with the professional production company, “Marvelous Entertainment.” This afforded him the opportunity to work with Margaret Avery, of the movie, “The Color Purple,” and led to roles in the plays, “God Don’t Like Ugly,” “Just Be a Man about It,” and others. Martin was featured in the 2005 New York Film Festival, in a documentary called “If You Love Me Why Do You Cheat?” which details the behind the scenes world of staging his play of the same name.
In addition to his work on the stage, Martin has easily delved into film and TV, with minor roles in major movies. Martin has taught drama to at-risk children in Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently teaching acting classes in metro Atlanta. The mission of T.Y. Martin Studios is to reach people who might never, otherwise, experience live theatre, and to offer gritty, humorous, and original productions. T.Y. Martin’s theatrical productions present a look at a variety of life’s most challenging situations, and sometimes, even suggest practical solutions. These productions provide an opportunity for actors, in the developmental stages of their careers, to enhance performance skills and to build professional resumes. “Above all,” he notes, “our mission is to bring the gift of laughter and entertainment to the lives and hearts of our audiences.”
T.Y. Martin Interview on VertiKal Bistro Radio with Hosts Celeste S. Duckworth and Norman Anderson.
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