John Wills Martin

Adjunct Teacher

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John Wills Martin is a long-time actor and acting coach who has directed for both film and stage, most recently directing Jonathan Sherman's "St. Joan van Ark" starring Peter Dinklage at the Public Theater in New York. John worked as an assistant director at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with writers Philip Kan Gotanda, Migdalia Cruz, Tony Kushner, Ariel Dorfman, and others.  He was a professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Asia for several years, where he also piloted the acting program at the Center for Continuing Education in Singapore. His screen credits include such films as The Believer with Ryan GoslingMichael Almereyda's Hamlet with Sam Shepherd and Kyle McLachlan, and numerous stage credits: Skin in Road by Jim Cartwright, Lord Berowne in "Love’s Labour’s Lost," Jimmy in "Mein Amerika" by Matthew Weiss, and he also won an LA Weekly Critic's award for "The Greeks."  He teaches acting and coaches for film in his own studio in the East Village and presently teaches Directing the Actor in UGFTV and Actors Craft and Directing the Actor in NYU Grad Film. He graduated from the American Film Institute’s directing program and produced an Academy Award winning short.  He is proud to have studied with Harry Mastrogeorge, Judith Weston and Charlie Laughton.