I have been an actor for more the 35 years having worked Off-Broadway and Regionally.
I've taught acting for 18 years privately as well as at Brooklyn College, St Frances College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
"Nicholas is patient, insightful, friendly, and gets
results. After working with Nicholas, I felt great
about my auditions, got two callbacks, and landed
a touring job.
I would recommend him to any actor."
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
I am the Producing Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse and have been since its inception in 2004. Known as "The Other Free Shakespeare in the Park," we produce free classical theater in Riverside Park during the summer months and we have an indoor season during the winter months as well.
"Mr. Martin-Smith has been my director, coach and
mentor in productions and the classroom. His patience,
insight and his passion excites students, and makes
them feel safe and supported enough to take risks."
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pearl Theater Company
York Theater Company
*** Teaching Methods ***
I foster a safe, relaxed and engaging environment to explore truthful human behavior on stage.
The objective is 'the truth' to which end there is no one technique. Actors are encouraged to find their own tools and to draw from elements of different practices to discover a technique that works best for them as individuals.
I studied the methods of Constantin Stanislavski for acting with Sergei Pomerov of the Moscow Circus Theater. I am classically trained as well.
I work primarily as a guide to help navigate the way and to interpret ‘the signs.' I teach the lesson in the moment and address the challenges of both the beginner and the experienced actor.
My basic approach to classical work focuses primarily on the connection of the breath with the feeling on the word.
This is the foundation on which you can then build. From the ‘words’ to the ‘thoughts’ to entire ‘passages’ of text, as you work and explore, the richness of the playwright’s words comes to life. Your own unique emotional life is allowed to come through the text and you are able to fully embody the role.
*** Teaching Levels and Focuses ***
-Work With Classical Text.
-"Moment to Moment" Work.
-"Sense Memory" Work.
-In depth Classical Text Analysis.
-Connecting to the Text.
Has served as the Artistic Director of the theater company since founding it in 2004.
* Planning out a 5 show year-round season.
* Organizing the 'Shakespeare in the Bar' Reading Series
and the 'Writers-a-Go-Go' Contemporary Reading Series.
* Teach the Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout
Direct 12 productions for Hudson Warehouse:
Love's Labour's Lost
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo & Juliet
The Three Musketeers
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Winter's Tale
* Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout,
Soldiers & Sailors Monument, New York, New York,
June 2013 to present.
* Goddard Riverside Community Center, After School Program,
647 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York,
September 2013 to present.
* American Musical and Dramatic Academy,
2109 Broadway, New York, New York,
October 2000 to June 2006.
* Marymount Manhattan College,
East 71st Street, New York, New York,
September 1998 to May 2001.
* St. Francis College,
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York,
September 1997 to December 1997
* Brooklyn College,
Brooklyn, New York.
September 1995 to June 1996.
Worked as an actor on-stage, film, and television, for more than 35 years.
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio I was always afraid I couldn't learn Shakespeare, but Nicholas explained the intent on the word, the intent on the line. Soon, I was so caught up in the meaning of the lines and the story I was telling in that moment that I was able to engage in the role, smoothly, without worrying that I was performing Shakespeare. He broke it down so I could understand it, and then feel confident doing it. Highly recommend!
· Acting · In home Nicholas knows Shakespeare and classical work. He really works with the text and helps an actor really understand the emotions in the scene, through the text. I've gotten so much out of his teaching and so have many of my friends. If you have an audition or play coming up, he's the one to get you ready for it! My friend nailed his audition, got the gig, all through his work with Nicholas. I've learned so much as an actor from Nicholas.