Wendy-Marie Martin is a playwright, dramaturg, and director as well as the Department Chair of the Undergraduate Theatre Department at Hollins University. She's currently completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts/Playwriting at Ohio University with a focus on intersectional feminist theatre and 20th/21st century women playwrights. Over the past twenty years, Wendy-Marie has taught, directed, and performed in Europe and the U.S. Her work has been produced in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Ireland, and the U.S and published by Smith & Krauss, Theatrefolk, and YouthPLAYS. Wendy-Marie is Co-Producer of the Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Society for Theater Research (ASTR), and the National Women’s Studies Association.
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MORE ABOUT ME:
If I could bring one change to theatre, it would be the dismantling of patriarchal, white supremacists paradigms in theater education and playwriting. I just took over as chair of the undergraduate theatre department at Hollins University and set a clear mission to create a foundation of anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices in order to build the program around these values at every level of the programs. Our budget is now reflecting these values and being used to bring in guest artists/instructors who are diverse in gender, racial/ethnic identities, ability, and age. It is my plan to experiment with feminist leadership structures in collaboration with my students and faculty and publish on our successes and our failures in order to participate in the national conversation taking place around theatre structures and processes. I believe if enough theater and academic theatre leaders are focusing on this work, together, we will move the needle forward and make sustainable change.
WHAT I'M CURRENTLY WORKING ON:
I'm currently working on my PhD dissertation which focuses on the collaborative craft of Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, Young Jean Lee and Jackie Sibblies Drury. Since I'm an artist/scholar, my dissertation also includes a full length play titled "To Be a Starfish," which is my response play to Maria Irene Fornes's play "Mud" (1983).
Political, Equality, Immersive/site-specific, satire, science fiction, musicals, TYA