I am a theatre director and educator based in New York City with an MFA in multidisciplinary theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. My work is focused on directing contemporary plays at varying stages of development. My particular passion centers on new work and experimentation with language, form and images.
I’ve worked as an actor and director at La MaMa, Dixon Place, The New Ohio Theater, INTAR Theater, Studio Theatre in the Row, Teatro IATI, The New School University, Repertorio Español, the Pan Asian Repertory Theater Company, The American Dance Institute in Washington D.C., Northwestern University in Evanston IL, and Sarah Lawrence College.
I have also lectured and facilitated workshops on directing techniques and contemporary Latin American theatre at several colleges and theatre companies in New York City and Santiago Chile. I was the co-founder of La Micro Theatre Company devoted to Latin American works and I’m a Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab alumnus.
My theater work extends to the education field. I’ve developed and facilitated extracurricular performing arts programs and activities for school faculty members and students as a constructive way to approach such issues as violence prevention, bullying and peer mediation. These programs are designed to help participants hone their social skills and prepare them for their high school and college education through a variety of theater exercises and techniques.
My work as a performing arts specialist, and a social and emotional learning specialist, has developed over fifteen years in NYC public schools and community-based non-profits, and in universities in both the U.S. and Chile. These organizations include The Leadership Program, Creative Connections, National School Climate Center, Sarah Lawrence College, Lehman College, The New School University, and Universidad del Desarrollo and Universidad Arci in Chile. www.martinbalmaceda.com