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Nicholas Martin

Director, Producer, Performer, Writer, Presenter
( b. Jun 10, 1938 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Apr 30, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Martin was a director whose strong affinity for actors and appetite for creative challenges helped him build a distinguished career that ranged from Boston to Broadway, comedy to tragedy, and classics to experimental work.

An ebullient figure widely known as Nicky, Mr. Martin served as artistic director at two major theater companies: Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, where he was seen as a champion of local actors and playwrights during a tenure that lasted from 2000 to 2008, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, from 2008 to 2010.

Mr. Martin did not turn to directing until he was in his early 40s, after a lengthy stint as an actor. He was forthright about the drinking problem that bedeviled him in the 1970s. "I was unemployable by reputation, but I was still invited to parties," he told American Theatre magazine.

Mr. Martin enjoyed a major success in the 2012-2013 Broadway season, earning a Tony Award nomination for best direction for the Broadway production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike written by his frequent collaborator, Christopher Durang.

One of that production's stars, David Hyde Pierce, was among the numerous actors who visited Mr. Martin in his final hours. Others included Victor Garber, who starred in a 2007 Huntington production of Present Laughter that transferred to Broadway, and Brooks Ashmanskas, who starred in the musical She Loves Me Mr. Martin's first mainstage production at Williamstown in 2008 (which had also been his final production at the Huntington).

"He was an extremely talented director," Durang said Thursday in a telephone interview, recalling Mr. Martin's work on four of his plays, including an uproarious 2001 production of Betty's Summer Vacation at the Huntington. "And he was a great laugh. I love when there's laughter in a rehearsal. I write comedies that can be dark sometimes, but I like it when the director sets the tone and laughs a lot."

Under Mr. Martin's stewardship at the Huntington, the company founded the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, which helps develop new work from promising local playwrights.

Source: The Boston Globe



Productions Date of Productions
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
Mar 14, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013
Present Laughter
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
Jan 21, 2010 - Mar 21, 2010
The 39 Steps
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
    • - Additional
Jan 15, 2008 - Jan 10, 2010
Mauritius
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
Oct 04, 2007 - Nov 25, 2007
Butley
[Play, Revival]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
  • A production of the Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
Oct 25, 2006 - Jan 14, 2007
Match
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
Apr 08, 2004 - May 23, 2004
Hedda Gabler
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
  • Produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
  • East Coast Premiere at Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
Oct 04, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002
King Hedley II
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Additional presentations were mounted at Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
May 01, 2001 - Jul 01, 2001
The Rehearsal
[Play, Revival]
  • Directed by Nicholas Martin
Nov 21, 1996 - Jan 10, 1997
The Loves of Anatol
[Play, Original]
  • Book adapted by Nicholas Martin
Mar 06, 1985 - Apr 14, 1985
Alice in Wonderland
[Play, Fantasy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Duck, Dormouse, Train Guard]
  • Understudy: Nicholas Martin [King of Hearts, Voice of Humpty Dumpty]
Dec 23, 1982 - Jan 09, 1983
The Man Who Came to Dinner
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Professor Metz, Westcott]
Jun 26, 1980 - Sep 07, 1980
Pantagleize
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Poet]
Sep 03, 1968 - Sep 12, 1968
Exit the King
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Guard]
Jan 09, 1968 - Jun 22, 1968
Pantagleize
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Poet]
Nov 30, 1967 - Jun 22, 1968
You Can't Take It With You
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Boris Kolenkhov], Alternate
Feb 10, 1967 - Feb 1967
The Wild Duck
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin
    • Molvik
    • Graaberg , Alternate
Jan 11, 1967 - Jun 17, 1967
Right You Are If You Think You Are
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Butler], Alternate
Nov 22, 1966 - Dec 1966
The School for Scandal
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Nicholas Martin [Sir Benjamin Backbite]
Nov 21, 1966 - Jan 1967
2013 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike [nominee]
Directed by Nicholas Martin
2008 Tony Award® Best Play
 The 39 Steps [nominee]
Produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
2008 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
winnerThe 39 Steps [winner]
Produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)
1999 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
  Nicholas Martin (for "Betty's Summer Vacation") [nominee]
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