Tiffany Johnson and Aaron Smith in Fences-Des Moines Social Club 2014.  Photo: Andrea Markowski

Tiffany Johnson and Aaron Smith in Fences-Des Moines Social Club 2014.

Photo: Andrea Markowski

Ken-Matt Martin is a theatre professional that believes the arts should be used as a catalyst for social change. He is the co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, IA a small professional summer repertory theatre where he served three years as Executive Director. Martin’s producing and directing credits in Des Moines have received thirty-four Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Award nominations which include two awards for Best Play and a Special Honor for Martin in 2016 for his exemplary service to the Des Moines arts community. Pyramid also received Bravo Greater Des Moines 2018 Standing Ovation award for their excellence in artistic leadership during Martin’s tenure. Martin has also received two Des Moines Dionysus Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical and two regional Broadway World Awards for Best Direction and Best Play. In 2014 he directed and produced the Iowa premiere of August Wilson’s Fences at the Des Moines Social Club. His other Directing credits include Civil Sex by Brian Freeman, Mississippi Goddamn by Jonathan Norton, Tripping Over Roots by Jaymes Jorsling, Love's Labour's Lost, Prowess by Ike Holter, Shakuntala, Once on this Island, and tick..tick..Boom.

In August of 2015 he produced the Iowa premiere of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller and starred in the production as Capt. Richard Davenport. As an actor he has appeared in plays and musicals at numerous venues across the Southern and Midwestern portion of the United States. Selected regional acting credits include A Behanding in Spokane (Toby), Superior Donuts (Franco), Les Miserables (Grantaire), Dutchman (Clay), Hairspray (Seaweed), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), and most recently The Gospel at Collonus (Acolyte) at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. As a child actor he had a development contract with the Nickelodeon network and appeared on the network's landmark show All That. He has also shot numerous commercials and two independent films. Between 2007-2010 Martin completed three years of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's musical theatre training program and also served as an intern to former artistic director Robert Hupp. During the 2015-2016 season he served as General Management Apprentice at the Goodman Theatre where he spent the season being mentored by the Goodman’s executive director Roche Shulfer. In May of 2016 he served as Assistant Director to Anne Kauffman on the Goodman Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window.  Martin is a proud graduate of Drake University with degrees in Musical Theatre and Journalism. 

Ken-Matt completed his M.F.A. in Directing at Brown University in 2019. In 2018 before graduating from Brown Martin was named the Producing Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival this came after spending the 2018 season as the Bill Foeller Directing Fellow. During his time at Williamstown he line produced the world premiere productions of Grand Horizons, Selling Kabul, Before The Meeting, A Human Being of A Sort, Tell Me I’m Not Crazy, and revivals of Ghosts starring Uma Thurman and A Raisin in the Sun directed by Robert O’Hara. In addition to his work as an arts administrator Martin served three years on the Board of Directors of Employee and Family Resources of Iowa and currently serves as a member of Drake University's National Alumni Board. Martin is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., SDC, and AEA.

L’Oreal Lampley, Louis Reyes McWilliams, Ryan Joseph Broussard, Aman Soni in  Prowess  by Ike Holter - Brown/Trinity 2018  Photo: Mark Turek

L’Oreal Lampley, Louis Reyes McWilliams, Ryan Joseph Broussard, Aman Soni in Prowess by Ike Holter - Brown/Trinity 2018

Photo: Mark Turek