Martha Enson is the Artistic Director of EnJoy Productions, and responsible for the creative design and implementation of EnJoy’s landmark public and private events. Her design, performance and leadership training work has been seen in corporate, non-profit and civic settings throughout the country and abroad. Martha directs EnJoy’s application of advanced theater forms for leadership training, with clients including WalMart, Moss Adams accounting and KORE leadership.
Since 1984, Martha has forged a reputation as an artistic visionary guided by a gifted sense of composition. She is an aerialist, actress, event designer and producer, director, mask-maker, puppeteer, gifted teacher and trainer.
Martha was raised in NYC, and attended the vanguard St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, and Bowdoin College in Maine. She also holds an MFA from the National Theatre Institute (Waterford, CT) and Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris). She has worked with some of the world’s leading masters in performance, movement, improvisation, dance, voice, composition and performance, including Philip Gaulier (London), Jacques Lecoq (France), Roy Hart, Steve Paxton, Sue Morrison, Barbara Dilley and Margo Rose.
Her performance work as an aerialist has seen her on Cloud Swing, Spanish Web, Trapeze, and in four-person synchronized bungee Dance. As an acrobat, she performed on the outer lip of Seattle famous Space Needle, 520’ above the city.
In 2001, Martha became the first female performer/director at Teatro Zinzanni, the renown dinner circus show in San Francisco and Seattle. She directed and performed two different improvisation-based characters in Teatro Zinzanni SF, where she shared the stage and a dressing room with Joan Baez. She worked with TZ from 2001-2004.
In 1987 she founded UMO Ensemble and moved to Vashon Island, WA. UMO went on to become among the most heralded and influential theater companies of its time, touring throughout the US, Canada and Europe with award-winning stage and educational work. Martha logged over 1500 performances with UMO, serving as both Chief Artistic Officer and Director of Marketing.
She conceived and directed the landmark productions Instinction (1987), Caravan of Dreams (1994), Cities (2001), and the critically acclaimed Rubble Women (2009).
As a teacher, Martha as been on the guest faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, the Evergreen State University and the University of South Florida, and has led Master Classes and workshops at scores of others.
Martha was the Founding Producer of the first Fringe Theater Festival in the US, in Seattle in 1991 & 1992. As an independent artist, Martha created the solo show Pandora, and the duets Sister and That was Now, This is Then. She was part of the original cast of Nikki Appino’s Rain City Rollers and collaborator on the TV pilot Survival Skills.
Martha approaches her work as a creator, performer, producer and teacher with high capacity, high expectations, unfailing creativity and tremendous humor. Her unique synthesis of physical skills, improvisation techniques and compositional intelligence has made her an instructor, creator and leader of singular influence.