Joe Martin


Studied theatre, literature and playwriting at the University of British Columbia, University of Stockholm, Universitet i Bergen. Fellowships (Fulbright, Rockefeller, US-Mexico Cultural Fund, Scandinavian-American Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Swedish Institute and the Strindberg Society) have supported my work in the US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden and Norway. Further theatre research in South Asian Theatre traditions undertaken at Benares Hindu University and the Tibetan Institute of PErforming Arts in Dharamsala. Currently living in Washington DC and teaching in the Theatre at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.


Joe Martin is a playwright, author, theatre director and educator, whose works have appeared in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.  He has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts the Swedish Institute and the New York State Council on the Arts. He was a Fulbright Scholar in  American Theatre in Bucharest Romania in 2001, and has directed and taught as a Fulbright senior specialist in theatre in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the later years. Plays include The Dust Conspiracy, The Receiver, Anatole’s Lover, Deceit (Or Crime with Class), El Trato (with Juan Tovar), Rumi’s MATHNAVI and The Match Girl’s SNOW QUEEN. Translations from Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish include his book Strindberg—Other Sides: Seven Plays. In other genres his other published works include Spirit Garden: Poems (with art by Enrique Castenon); Foreigners (A Novel); and Parabola: Shorter Fictions. His recently produced play, SOUNDWAVES: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan, was produced by Bridge Theatre Group in New York City in Association with the NYC International Fringe Festival, directed by Adrian Roman, among various productions. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Johns Hopkins University. As a director and dramaturg he has approximately 45 credits at Open Theatre DC, TUTA Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, Metro Stage, Dar Annadwa Arts Center in Bethlehem, The Firehall Theatre (Vancouver), and Church Street Theatre in Washington DC (with Georgetown Theatre Company and  Open Theatre/DC.)