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Wu-Tang:

An American Saga

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Julian Elijah Martinez is an actor working and dreaming in Brooklyn, New York.

 

I started acting in high school when Mrs. Sally Livingston, a profoundly gifted educator, cast me as a village member in my high school’s production of Inherent the Wind. At the time I was not a strong student. I was floundering academically, and desperately seeking a sense of belonging. Though I auditioned, I didn’t show up for a rehearsal until the day before tech. The principal had to call me into her office, because I was supposed to have been rehearsing for the last month. In tears I slumped down to the theater room to apologized to Mrs. Livingston and bow out (pun intended) gracefully. Mrs. Livingston had a code of commitment from her students, and she refused to let me blow the play off. So quite shocked I joined the cast a day before tech, lost and confused since I’ve never been in a play before. Little did I know that gesture of kindness would profoundly change my life. I found my tribe during that production. Mrs. Livingston become my mentor and advocate, introducing me to craft of theater and capturing my imagination. I would then go on to study acting and theater design at Elon University before later moving back to Washington D.C. to work as a teaching artist. After three wonderful years teaching in the D.C. I was accepted into the Yale School of Drama. At the time I never thought I would go to an Ivy league school; yet there I was, studying under teacher’s such as Ron Van Lieu and Evan Yionulius, all because of Mrs. Livingston’s kindness.

 
 
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"The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people, make them understand life, the world and themselves. Otherwise I don't know why you do it."

- Amiri Baraka


 
 

Currently, I am making my Broadway debut with Network directed by Ivo Von Hove. Other New York credits include: Mud (Boundless Theater Company); and Alligator (New Georges). Selected Regional Credits include Father Comes Home From The Wars Part 1, 2, 3 (co-production with Yale Rep and A.C.T); The Square Root of Three Sisters  (Dmitry Krymov Lab); 9 Circles (Forum Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination); Locomotion (The John F. Kennedy Center); and The Hampton Years (Theater J). Television credits include Wu-tang: An American Saga (scheduled for later this year), Elementary, Madam Secretary, and High School Lover. I am a former member of Developing Artist Theater Company, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and former artistic director of the Yale Cabaret.

Sally Ann Livingston would pass in 2016 leaving behind a legacy that has touched hundreds of students like me. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without her kindness. Because of that I dedicate much of my success to her.

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