About

Michael Martini is an interdisciplinary theatre artist who uses techniques of theatre to create performances for various contexts, e.g. the theatre, the gallery, the cabaret. He has presented many individual and collaborative interdisciplinary projects in Montreal, notably Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi, which won the Grolsch Hybridity Award at the 2018 OFFTA Festival and the 2019 Bursary in New Artistic Practices from CAM. He has also presented performances at RIPA, Le Mile-End s’articule, and Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto), as well as dramatic writing at Studio Porte Bleue and Black Theatre Workshop. His performances typically shift between the banal and poetic.
He can be contacted at michael.martini@hotmail.com.

 

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE


Hold it, squeeze it, sing to it, etc.,
co-creator and performer with Jacqueline van de Geer

Festival Phénomena (October 2019)

Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times, February 2019)

 

Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi*, co-creator and performer with Burcu Emeç, Roxa Hy, Nien Tzu Weng

Summerworks Festival: Presentations Series (Longboat Hall, August 2019)

OFFTA Festival (Fonderie Darling, 2018)

ZH Festival (Espace Libre, 2018) 

Vous Êtes Ici (Théâtre aux Écuries, 2017)

 

les études (heresies 1-7), chorus performer for work by Antonija Livingstone

Danse Cité (MAI, March 2019)

 

Landscape Grindr, creator, playwright, and performer

Playwrights Workshop Montreal (in development, dramaturgy by Susanna Fournier, 2019)

Archipelago, Odd Stumble (excerpt presented at immersive event, Rialto Theatre, 2018)

 

Ser/Viniendo, performer for sculptural work by Laura Acosta

TAP Art Space, 2018

 

Beep Test, co-creator and performer with Callan Ponsford

Le mile end s’articule (Articule, 2018)

Rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle “RIPA” (Eastern Bloc, 2017)

 

Olivia Newton-John-a-thon**, creator and performer

Intra-action (Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, 2017)

Hotwire Cabaret (Casa del Popolo, 2017)

Not Fitting In (VAV Gallery, 2017)

 

Squirt, solo performance exhibition (VAV Gallery, 2017)

 

DRAMATIC WRITING

Discoplasm, reading, Black Theatre Workshop, 2018

Who’s Afraid of Margaret Atwood?, production, dir. self, Third Space Theatre, Mainline Theatre, 2016

Rose Quartz, independent production, dir. Anthony Kennedy, Mainline Theatre, 2015

The Woodcutter’s Daughter, reading, Theatre for Ears Series (Studio Porte Bleue), 2015

 

PERFORMANCE CURATION

Visite Collective, co-curator with Burcu Emeç and Roxa Hy, 2018

Never Again, co-curator with Burcu Emeç, Centre Never Apart, Art Matters Festival 2017

 

AWARDS AND BURSARIES

*Recipient  – Bursary in New Artistic Practices, for Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi, CAM/La Chapelle/RAIQ, 2019

*Recipient – CALQ Research-Creation Grant, CAC Travel Grant, for Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi, 2019

*Recipient – NOW Magazine “Outstanding Production,” “Outstanding Ensemble,” “Outstanding Design” for Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi, Summerworks 2019 

*Recipient – Grolsch Hybridity Award, for Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi, OFFTA Festival 2018

**Nominee – Outstanding Emerging Artist, for Olivia Newton-John-a-thon, Montreal English Theatre Awards 2017

 

RESIDENCIES

REMIX: Impossible, artist in residence with Burcu Emeç, Nien Tzu Weng & Roxa Hy, Studio 303, 2019

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

BFA Playwriting, Concordia University, 2012-2017

Black Theatre Workshop Mentorship Program, 2017-18

 

COMMUNITY

Does Montreal Need a Queer Theatre?, panelist for Talisman Theatre, 2018

School groups coordinator, Geordie Theatre, 2018-19

Box office manager, Montreal Fringe Festival, 2017-19

Outreach coordinator, Art Matters Festival, 2016

 

 

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