Martha Patterson is a playwright and essayist who has written more than 150 long and short plays, as well as essays, poetry, and short fiction, and has had her work published by Pioneer Drama Service, Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Silver Birch Press, In Case of Emergency Press, the Sheepshead Review journal of arts & literature, The Pointed Circle Journal, Defenestration.net, and others. Her plays have been produced in 20 states around the US as well as in England, Scotland, France, Canada, Denmark, Korea, and Australia.
She began writing plays in her 30s and discovered, after a half a life pursuing an acting career (Off-Off-Broadway, regional theatre, and stock), that writing suited her just as well as performing did. She soon began networking with other playwrights and, not having an agent of her own, currently submits her work to between 500 and 600 theatres a year.
An interview with her plus a brief summary of some of her work appears on the blog "Unknown Playwrights": unknownplaywrights.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/martha-patterson/
She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, the USA.
" Martha is a great writer of dialogue and situation and also is able to create fascinating and complex characters in a very short time on stage. She is an especially vivid and insightful writer of female characters."
- Alex Broun, Artistic Director at Constellation Dubai
"Martha has a gift for writing about great interpersonal relationships, moving characters and great dialogue."
- JulieAnn Govang, Owner/Editor, JAC Publishing & Promotions, Owner/Editor/Critic, New England Entertainment Digest
"Martha's awe-inspiring connection to a silenced past moved her to create Amarilis, a woman of 80 who would tell her massacre story to her neighbor in her living room, but not without ending her monologue by asking: 'Now, about that lemonade. May I offer you some?'...Martha, again, has combined research with art and un-silenced by way of theatre."
- Nehanda Loiseau, Producer of Border of Lights Evening of Monologues, New York City (www.borderoflights.org), and Border Story Fest (Duke University)