Interview: Todd Martin, managing director of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players

ToddMartin2Todd Martin has been the managing director of the Cheyenne Little Theatre since July 2017. He returned to the CLTP after having been its Technical Director from 2001 to 2004.

Todd, a native of Torrington, WY,  holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance from Chadron State College and has previously worked for Baylor University in Waco, Texas as a Technical Director at Waco Hall, and as the Artistic Director of the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart, Texas.

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Was your goal always to be the managing director of a theatre?

I started out as an actor in high school productions.  I was in most of the plays and musicals that were produced at Torrington High School from 1989-1993.  When I graduated high school I received music and theatre scholarships.

I majored in theatre performance at Chadron State College.  I picked up a lot of technical theatre knowledge along the way, and after graduating I found more work as a theatre technician than as an actor.  There are just more of those jobs available.

Over the years my theatre career evolved into arts administration and that’s how I ended up at Cheyenne Little Theatre as the Managing Director, but that was never really the plan.  The plan was just to have a career in theatre, somehow and somewhere. I’m really happy to be where I am.

Todd in Boom Town

Todd in Boom Town

What was your favorite role as an actor? Your favorite production as a director? And why? 

I have been lucky enough to play quite a few great characters, but the one that pops to mind is Ben Gant in Look Homeward, Angel.  He was a character dying of tuberculosis but was always called upon to be the big brother and leader of his family.  All he really wanted to do was get away from his family and be a writer.  As an actor those conflicts gave me a lot to explore.  It was a great role.

As a director I really enjoyed Proof.  I have actually directed that script twice.  Wonderful characters and writing.  It is structured as a mystery but is really a family drama.  Really good script. I would direct it again if I have a chance. 

What are the day to day activities of the managing director of a theatre?

I manage the day to day operations of the organization.  That includes supervising the staff, managing business, budget, and financial matters.  I also play a role in the marketing of our productions.  I manage our existing grants and seek out new grant opportunities.  In all honesty, I do a bit of everything….

How is a season selected?

Our programming committee asks for submissions of plays and directors [and] I serve as a consultant on this committee.

We sift through those and make selections based on what we feel will be best for CLTP.  Once the programming committee has made selections for a season they submit a proposal to the Board of Directors for approval.

Right now we just plan season to season.   One year at a time.

You are going to direct Boeing Boeing, which will run from March 29 – April 14, 2019.

I have always had a soft spot for farces.  They are just fun, and Boeing Boeing is one of the funniest.  There are great possibilities for physical comedy which is another thing I really like.  I am really looking forward to that project.  Directors for CLTP are selected by our programming committee, and I was lucky enough to be selected for Boeing Boeing this year.

Todd directing Almost Maine

Todd directing two members of the cast in  Almost Maine for the Waco Civic Theatre

Do you have any upcoming events planned for annual fundraisers at the Atlas or Mary Godfrey?

We have a number of fundraisers we do on an annual basis, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show and a Radio Show.  Our big fundraiser for they year usually happens in February.

This year we are putting together a revue, Broadway through the Years, that should be a lot of fun.  February 15 and 16, 2019 at the Atlas Theatre will be our annual fundraiser. 

You plan to “guide the organization into an exciting future.” Can you share any near-term plans?

Right now we are very focused on improving our facilities.  Both of our buildings are old, so upkeep is important.

We have plans to replace the gutter and facia on the Mary Godfrey Playhouse and we are going to be starting a fundraising campaign for that purpose.  We did just complete a lighting upgrade at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse.  We are very excited about that.  It will improve our production quality for that theatre quite a bit.

Were you the guiding force toward refurbishing the façade of the Atlas?

That effort began before I became Managing Director, but [has] obviously been a focus of mine since I started.  The good news is that it is almost done.  The beginning of October is what we are hoping for.  Fingers crossed.

How closely do you work with Cheyenne’s downtown business people in order to promote the Cheyenne Little Theatre?  

We have great relationships with The Cheyenne Chamber, Visit Cheyenne, the Downtown Development Authority, among others.  They are always willing to help us promote Cheyenne Little Theatre productions and events.

Can people commission Little Theatre Actors to perform at their events?  

We do offer a Mini- Melodrama that can be performed for parties and other events.

Contact Todd for more information about the Mini-Melodrama!

Opening Cheyenne Little Theatre's 89th season - The Addams Family

Opening Cheyenne Little Theatre’s 89th season – The Addams Family

The 89th season opens with The Addams Family.

The Addams Family is going to be a wonderful show.  It features all the characters you already know and love:  Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, and everybody’s favorite Uncle, Fester! If you enjoyed the TV series and the films you will love this show!

Thank you, Todd.

It's the 89th season of the CLTP.

It’s the 89th season of the CLTP.

The 89th Season of the Cheyenne Little Theatre

  • The Addams Family – October 5-21, 2018
  • It’s A Wonderful Life – November 30 – December 16,2018
  • Mothers and Sons – February 1 – 10, 2019
  • Peter Pan – Feb 22 – March 10, 2019
  • Boeing Boeing– March 29 – April 14, 2019
  • The Secret Garden – May 3- 19, 2019

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