Martha Wilkinson

Martha W.

Harriman, TN
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I have been performing professionally for over 30 years and have appeared regionally in over 200 productions. For the past 25 years, I was Artistic Director at the nation's second-oldest dinner theatre, Chaffin's Barn in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout my career I have had extensive coaching, directing and teaching experience with all ages. I possess a keen eye for comedy, improvisation, scene study, college audition prep for theatre majors, selling a song and owning the stage. My style is very laid back, kind and gentle and my main focus is keep things relaxed and fun. Acting and singing should be joyful moments for the student.

About Martha W.

Martha has been performing professionally for over 30 years and has appeared regionally in over 200 productions. For the past 20 years, she has also served as Artistic Director at the nation's second-oldest dinner theatre, Chaffin's Barn in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Rome, Georgia native studied drama at Berry College, Alliance Theatre, and North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Eventually, she re-focused her efforts on theatre, which has culminated in a stellar career on the stage as an actor and director.

Martha was a recipient of the prestigious First Night Theatre Honors as one of the individuals "who have taken leading roles in making live theatre in Tennessee better and more magical. She is a nine-time First Night Award winner (Nashville's local "Tony" awards) for Outstanding Performance in Musical Theatre. She was also selected as Best Acctor by the Tennessean and Nashville Scene for her portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

Some of her favorite roles include Kiss Me Kate (Kate/Lilli) Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts) The Little Mermaid (Ursula) Chicago (Roxie) Company (Joann) Cabaret (Frtizy/Fraulein Kost) Sweeny Todd (Mrs. Lovett) and Noises Off (Dotty/Mrs. Clackett).

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Experience

actor/singer/director/teacher
Jun 1985 - Present

self - employed

Musical Theatre: Tennessee Repertory Theatre (Nashville, TN) Chicago Roxie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett (2008 and 2014) Company JoAnn Little Shop of Horrors Audrey Pump Boys and Dinettes Rhetta Cupp Annie Lily St Regis The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dennis DeYoung) Aging Bourgeoisie Nunsense Sister Robert Ann Grease Rizzo Tibbitt’s Opera House (Coldwater, MI) John and Jen Jen The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Miss Mona Springer Opera House (Columbus, GA) The Little Mermaid Ursula Nashville Opera The Cradle Will Rock Mrs. Mister Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA) Good Ol’ Girls Multiple Featured Shreveport Opera Company Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts Studio Tenn Mamma Mia Rosie Nashville Children's Theatre You're A Good Man Charlie Brown Sally James and the Giant Peach Aunt Sponge Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play Squirrelle Chaffin’s Barn (Nashville, TN) Newsies Medda Kiss Me Kate Kate/Lilly Sister Act Reverend Mother Mamma Mia Donna Freaky Friday Katherine Chicago Roxie Hart Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley Annie Miss Hannigan Theatre: Nashville Repertory Theatre (Nashville, TN) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Sonia The 39 Steps Annabella/Pamela/Margaret Steel Magnolias Truvy The Underpants Gertrude Noises Off! Dotty Otley (2002 & 2016) Crimes of the Heart Chick A Streetcar Named Desire Eunice Dinner with Friends Beth Idols of the King All Female Characters (15+) American Stage Theatre Company (St Petersburg. FL) Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England Dean Wreen Nashville Shakespeare Festival (Nashville, TN) Much Ado About Nothing Leonata Romeo and Juliet Nurse Tennessee Shakespeare Festival (Bell Buckle, TN) Two Gentlemen of Verona Lucetta/ Outlaw “Maw” The Comedy of Errors Abbess/Aemilia Chaffin’s Barn (Nashville, TN) Boeing –Boeing Bertha The Nerd Clelia Walgrave Barefoot in the Park Mrs. Banks On Golden Pond Chelsea Steel Magnolias M’Lynn

Education

theatre
Sep 1983 - May 1985

BERRY COLLEGE

intensive theatre training
Jun 1983 - Aug 1983

NC SCHOOLS OF THE ARTS

theatre
Jun 1981 - Aug 1981

ALLIANCE THEATRE

Languages

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

First Night Honors
Sep 2014

First Night Awards

Lead Actress in a Musical
Sep 2011

First Night Awards

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Sep 1990
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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