The Old Globe today named director Nicholas Martin an Associate Artist of The Old Globe. He is the 56th artist to receive the prestigious honor recognizing over half a century of his unique contributions to the institution both on and offstage. After making his acting debut in 1957 as the Fool in King Lear, Martin went on to appear on the Globe stage in 18 additional productions, including The Merry Wives of Windsor (1965), The School for Scandal (1989) and Hamlet (1960 and 1990). As a director, he helmed the Globe productions of Later Life, Full Gallop, Overtime, Macbeth and The Mask of Moriarty. The Old Globe is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion with Martin's production of Shaw's masterwork, which runs through Feb. 17. Tickets to Pygmalion can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
"Michael Murphy and I, along with the entire Globe community, are truly honored to express our gratitude to the multi-talented Nicholas Martin for his contributions to The Old Globe," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "Nicky is one of our country's finest stage directors, as his glittering and sensitive production of Pygmalion demonstrates. His generous wit and warmth bring out the best from the artists in his charge, and he is an enthusiastic mentor to the next generation of theater makers. We adore him, and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Globe again and again."
Nicholas Martin directed the Broadway productions of Present Laughter, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler, The Rehearsal and You Never Can Tell. His Off Broadway directing credits include the World Premiere of Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, The Time of the Cuckoo and Chaucer in Rome (The Public Theater), Noah Haidle's Saturn Returns and Paul Rudnick's The New Century (Lincoln Center Theater), Fully Committed (Vineyard Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre), Full Gallop (Manhattan Theatre Club and Westside Arts Theatre), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Drama Desk Award nomination), Betty's Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk nominations), Jonathan Marc Sherman's Sophistry (Playwrights Horizons) and John Guare's Bosoms and Neglect (Signature Theatre Company). Martin's numerous regional credits include She Stoops to Conquer (McCarter Theatre Center), The House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper Forum) and Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre). Martin is also director of the West Coast and London productions of Full Gallop. He most recently opened the new Christopher Durang play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Lincoln Center Theater. He served as Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival and Huntington Theatre Company and directed numerous productions at both. Martin is the recipient of the Norton Award for Sustained Achievement.