Anya Martin is a writer, director and the Founding and Producing Artistic Director of Hiawatha Project. Martin has worked in New York with the Vineyard Theatre, West End Theatre, Epiphany Theater Company, and International Wow, and regionally with Arena Stage and the Living Stage in D.C. In Pittsburgh she has worked with City Theatre Company, Bricolage Production Company, The New Hazlett Theater, ArtUp and the Mattress Factory.
Martin specializes in writing and directing devised works with ensembles of artists. As a writer/director Martin’s “Camino” was praised as “smart, sharp and witty, not to mention spoken in three languages” (City Paper) with “scenes of imagination and poetic insight” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette.) Her show “Anthropological Data: with actual human footage!” was featured in Carnegie Mellon University’s International Festival. “Teatro Latino de Pittsburgh” was commissioned and produced as a part of Pittsburgh 250 celebrations. In 2015 “JH: Mechanics of a Legend” was a part of the New Hazlett’s competitive CSA Performance Series. Her one woman show, “Muslims, Mennonites, and Mommies” was presented at the Mattress Factory as a part of ArtUp’s acclaimed Sites of Passage. In 2018 her play “Helen at the Gym” was a winner in RedBull Theater’s Annual Short Play Festival in NYC and will be published with Stage Rights in 2019.
Martin is an Adjunct Professor in directing at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama where she also received her BFA in Directing. Martin earned her MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on devised and experimental works. She is a 2011 Flight School Fellow with Creative Capital/Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and a Pittsburgh Magazine “40 Under 40” honoree for 2013. She was an artist in residence in 2013 for the New Hazlett Theater, and a Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award nominee for Emerging Artist in 2016. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.