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 focused on artistically illuminating the perspectives of marginalized Americans. Ken-Matt is a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines a small professional summer repertory theatre and is entering his third year of service as Pyramid's Executive Director. Martin's producing and directing credits in Des Moines have received sixteen Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Award nominations including a win for Best Play and a Special Recognition Honor in 2016. Pyramid also received Bravo Greater Des Moines 2018 Standing Ovation award for their excellence in artistic leadership. He 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 to critical acclaim and sold out audiences. His other Directing credits include Civil Sex, Mississippi Goddamn by Jonathan Norton, Tripping Over Roots by Jaymes Jorsling, Love's Labour's Lost, Prowess by Ike Holter, The MountainTop, Shakuntala, and Once on this Island. 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.Outside of Des Moines he has appeared in plays and musicals at numerous venues across the Southern and Midwestern portion of the United States including professional work at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the Tent Theatre (Springfield, MO). Selected acting credits include A Behanding in Spokane (Toby), Superior Donuts (Franco), Les Miserables (Grantaire), Dutchman (Clay), Hairspray (Seaweed), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), and Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin). 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 former artistic director Robert Hupp. During the 2015-2016 season he served as Apprentice General Manager at the Goodman Theatre where he spent the season being mentored by Roche Shulfer, John Collins, and Peter Calibraro. 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 alum of Drake University with degrees in Theatre and Journalism. 

Ken-Matt is currently a candidate for the M.F.A. in Directing at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theatre and divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Des Moines, Iowa. He previously served three years on the Board of Directors of Employee and Family Resources of Iowa and currently serves as member of Drake University's National Alumni Board. Martin is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

 The cast of A Soldier's Play- Des Moines Social Club 2015.  Photo: Eric Salmon

The cast of A Soldier's Play- Des Moines Social Club 2015.

Photo: Eric Salmon