( 1936- )
Playwright, director, performer, and theatre administrator, Martha Boesing was born in New Hampshire in 1936. She began her forty-year career in the theatre at the age of sixteen as an apprentice in summer stock. After graduating from Connecticut College for Women in 1957 with a BA in English, Boesing went on to the University of Wisconsin, where she earned an MA in English literature in 1958. While she was at Wisconsin, Boesing became "radicalized politically," a choice that has shaped her subsequent life and work, with its feminist perspective and lesbian overtones.
In the early 1960s, Boesing moved to Minneapolis where she worked with the fledgling Minnesota Repertory Company and the Moppet Players (later the Children's Theatre) and was one of the core group of the Firehouse Theatre ( 1964-1968) and a founder of the Earth Family Theatre (a collective that performed in Minneapolis and Cambridge, Massachusetts). She also performed as a folksinger.
After serving a brief stint at the Academy Theatre in Atlanta ( 1972-1974), Martha and her husband, Paul Boesing, returned to Minneapolis. Seeking to create a theatre collective with a feminist perspective, Boesing became one of the founding members and the artistic director of the radically feminist At the Foot of the Mountain ( 1974-1991), a theatre that had the distinction of being "the oldest continuously producing professional women's theatre in America." Although Boesing departed from At the Foot of the Mountain in 1984, she has been involved with numerous other projects, including the Playwrights' Center ( 1983-1987), writing and directing for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater of Minneapolis ( 1986 and 1989), the Minneapolis Environmental Theater Project ( 1990- 1991), the multimedia project The Cicada Journals