Marty Pottenger

A widely known solo performance artist and director with an extensive repertoire of projects and awards, Marty Pottenger has found her "big reason." In fact, throughout her journey as a theater artist, she has encountered many big reasons. From the critically successful "What It's Like To Be a Man" to the Obie-award-winning "City Water Tunnel #3," Pottenger's work has explored issues ranging from racism to economics, the women's movement to the war in the Balkans. Intertwining different media and researching oral histories, Pottenger uses theater to encourage people to think about issues, ask questions and engage in dialogue with their communities. -Community arts network, Catherine Jo

Playwright, Performance Artist, Director. B.S. Northwestern University, Oral Interpretation.

Founder/Director of Art At Work, a national initiative piloted with the City of Portland Maine's departments, unions and elected officials to improve municipal government through strategic arts projects.

Executive Director of Terra Moto Inc, a multidisciplinary arts organization.

Member of Magdalena Festival, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Theater Communications Group.

NYFA Fellow, Headlands Bridge Fellow, award nominations: Alpert Award, United States Artists, Leadership for a Changing World/Ford Foundation.

Founding Member of Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics.

2006 TCG Plenary Panel: "Making Theater, Building Community." 2002 Symposium-"Oral History to Performance" University of Rome, Italy.

Founder and Director of TheaterWorks performance workshops for union members with The Working Theatre.

Past Board Chair of American Festival Project, a national organization of artists and cultural workers, based at Appalshop, committed to deepening the relationship of the arts to the daily lives of people and communities.

Guest Teaching and Artist residencies and lectures include Virginia Tech, Williams College, Emerson College, New York University, Mount Holyoke, San Francisco State University, Union Seminary.

Funding support includes Nathan Cummings Foundation, Animating Democracy Initiative/Ford Foundation, NEA, NYSCA, LEF, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund, Kellogg Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Rockefeller MAP and Artslink among others.

Publications referencing my work

  • Engaging Performance: Theatre as call and response, by Jan Cohen Cruz, Routledge, 2010

  • Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York, by Jane LaTour, Palgrave Macmillian, 2009

  • Water-Works: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply, by Kevin Bone, Gina Pollara and Gerard Koeppel, 2006

  • Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States, Rutgers Series on the Public Life of the Arts, by Jan Cohen Cruz, Rutgers University Press, 2005

  • The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena, editors Linda Frye Burnham, Steven Durland, Critical Press, 1998

  • The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy R. Lippard, New Press, 1998

  • Landscape Narratives, Design Practices for Telling Stories; Authors - Matthew Potteiger & Jamie Purinton; John Wiley & Sons, 1998

Reviews and Articles

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Backstage, Time Out, Dance Magazine, The Daily News, Newsday, Glamour, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Washington Post, New Yorker, Charles Osgood Files, Topeka Kansas, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, In Motion Magazine, Providence Journal, Dance Online, Turkish Weekly, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News