Martin is a lecturer in the History of Musical Theatre at ArtsEd Schools and London School of Musical Theatre.
The interactive lectures are designed to capture the curiosity of the students, exploring the origins of broadway and musical theatre from Gilbert & Sullivan up to the present day. Martin performs live demonstrations of songs from musicals, and directs the students in scenes from landmark shows across the decades.
Special focus is given to pioneering figures such as Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. In addition, students explore the impact of British and American creatives and performers ranging from Ivor Novello, Lorenz Hart, Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins to Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hal Prince and Lin Manuel-Miranda. Martin also examines the theatre’s influence on social and political change; and indeed how musical theatre itself has shaped today’s world.
Lectures are available in 90-minute or 200-minute form.
From the students...
I wish we could have a weekly session.
A good mix of practical and theoretical.
Was so inspirational. Absolutely loved it. Your enthusiasm was infectious!
We weren't talked at, you sang, we got to get up. It was always progressing.
I didn't know what to expect, normally when people do loads of talking I can get distracted. However, this had me hooked completely.
I found this session very valuable and it exceeded my expectations.
A wonderful session. It kept me glued and concentrated.