Anya Martin

Pittsburgh, Pa Usa

Anya Martin is the founding Artistic Director of Hiawatha Project, a Pittsburgh based performance company founded with designer and artistic producing partner, Michelle Carello. Hiawatha Project creates devised theatrical projects about specific social questions through the use of myth, movement and collective creation. Hiawatha Project’s inaugural work “Camino,” written and directed by Martin, was a poetic exploration of current immigration policy and praised as “courageous” and “smart, sharp and witty” (Pittsburgh City Paper) with “scenes of imagination and poetic insight” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette.)

An accomplished and diverse theatre artist, Martin has worked as a director, writer, dramaturg or actor in New York with the Vineyard Theatre, the West End Theatre, Epiphany Theater Company, and International Wow, and regionally with Arena Stage in D.C. In Pittsburgh she has proudly worked with City Theatre Company, Bricolage Production Company, The New Hazlett Theater, ArtUp and the Mattress Factory.

As writer and director Martin’s “Anthropological Data: with actual human footage!” was featured in Carnegie Mellon University's International Festival, and her play “Teatro Latino de Pittsburgh” was commissioned and presented as a part of Pittsburgh 250 celebrations. Her one woman show, “Muslims, Mennonites, and Mommies” was presented at the Mattress Factory as a part of ArtUp’s acclaimed Sites of Passage, which aims to create a global network of experimental artists who can communicate and work together through a virtual performance and installation art lab. Internationally, Martin traveled to the Cork MidSummer Festival on behalf of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society where she was also an artist in residence for one year. She has also blogged extensively for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Martin is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama where she earned her BFA in directing and where she works as an Adjunct Professor. Martin earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in devised and experimental theater. She is a 2011 Flight School Fellow with Creative Capital in New York and Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts. In 2013 Martin was named a Pittsburgh Magazine “40 Under 40” Award Winner and she is currently in artistic residency with Hiawatha Project at the New Hazlett Theater.

  • Work
    • Hiawatha Project, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Education
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • Carnegie Mellon University