( 1965- )
Lynn Martin is a native Washingtonian and die-hard Redskins fan. She attended Georgetown University from 1983 to 1987 when she received her AB in English. During her college tenure, she became co-artistic director of Georgetown's Black Theatre Ensemble and served as a literary intern at Arena Stage. Martin was then accepted into Columbia University's Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Arts. While she was a graduate student she had a play produced off-off-Broadway and a workshop production at Columbia. In mid-1989 she began working with Amiri Baraka on his "bopera" The Life of Bumpy Johnson. During this period she also worked as a researcher and assistant to George Ferencz and Max Roach and ultimately served as assistant producer on two albums for Max Roach. After a residency at Case Western Reserve University, where her play The Problem of God received its world premiere, Martin returned to Columbia to complete her MFA in playwriting in 1990.
The following year, Lynn Martin taught playwriting in a south Bronx high school under the auspices of the Foundation for the Dramatists Guild. She was also a communications and literary intern at the Circle Repertory Company where she worked with playwrights Lanford Wilson and Craig Lucas, among others. In 1992 Martin served on the faculty of Shepherd College in West Virginia as their first playwright in residence. After seeing one of Martin's productions, John Guare invited her participation in a reading series at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. In 1993 Martin was one of five playwrights accepted by the Juilliard School to participate in its inaugural year of playwriting.
Lynn Martin is a member of the Playwrights Horizons' Black Playwrights