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June/July: Princess Charlotte, eldest daughter of King George III in Carolyn Kras' The Subject, a staged reading directed by Emily Chase for  Antaeus Theatre Company.  

 

 

 

 

May: Lena in Black Super Hero Magic Mama

a new play by Inda Craig-Galvan

directed by Jennifer Chang

for The USC New Works Festival at Pasadena Playhouse

 

 

April: Iola in Anacostia Street Lions

a new play by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

directed by Michael John Garces

for South Coast Rep's 20th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire

 

 

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Currently appearing in National spots for Subaru and General Electric.

 

 

 

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Check out this article in American Theatre Magazine about Hedda Gabler and partner casting at Antaeus Theatre Company:

http://www.americantheatre.org/2016/10/28/antaeuss-partner-casting-two-for-one-one-for-all/

 

 

 

 

Recently appeared on: 

 

 

"Kwana Martinez is a captivating combination of glowing innocence and steely resolve." 

                                     --THE LA TIMES

 

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Currently appearing in National spots for Subaru and General Electric.

 

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MARCH 2016: Staged Reading of Kathy Graff's The 405  

with Joshua Wolf Coleman, Ramon de Ocampo, Kwana Martinez, Ann Noble, and Vic Polizos

directed by Steve Robman

 

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2015: STAGE SCENE LA WINNER --ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE,  DRAMA, LARGER THEATRE

WORLD PREMIERE of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph's Mr. Wolf, directed by David Emmes, at the South Coast Repertory Theatre: 

"A remarkably benevolent performance by Martinez."

--LA Splash

"Martinez is so convincing...her emotional swings are heartfelt instantly...It's heartbreaking."

--The San Diego Examiner

"Under David Emmes' direction, Mr. Wolf is blessed with five superb performances...Tenney has probably never been better, and he is matched by the compelling Auberjonois and the dynamic Martinez..."

--Stage Scene LA

"Providing distinctly contrasting portraits of mothers who've experienced loss, both Auberjonois and Martinez provide exemplary performances."

--Broadway World

"Martinez's Julie is heartbreakingly fragile..."

--Orange County Register

 

@The New Works Festival at the Pasadena Playhouse: played a scientist who experiements with husband's genetic make up in Tyler Pendgraft's Sentience.

 

 And...

 

The Curse of Oedipus, in which I performed Antigone for the Antaeus Company

 was Named one of the Top 10 LA Theatre Productions of 2014 by the Huffington Post

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was Nominated for 6 Robby Awards,  the Nan Martin Award for BEST DRAMA, and the Stage Raw Awards

 

 

2014:

 

NOVEMBER:

READING of Joe Turner's Come and Gone  at the Rubicon Theatre

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BOOKED and wrapped Corporate voice-over gig

 

OCTOBER: GE commerical now running Nationally! Click here to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmQvc6tB1o

 

SEPTEMBER:

BOOKED and shot the role of Gina in the short film "Blame It On Rio"

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BOOKED and shot the role of Christine in the short film "Aftermath"

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my latest commercial  is running online! Click here to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmQvc6tB1o

 

AUGUST: Final two weeks and closing of Oedipus! Reviews to be posted.

 

JUNE/JULY: OPENED The Curse of Oedipus

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Shot another National commercial

 

MAY: BOOKED the role of a pediatric nurse in commercial

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Rehearsed for Oedipus.

 

APRIL: BOOKED the role of Antigone in The Curse of Oedipus at Antaeus Company.

 

MARCH: BOOKED the workshop of Marsha Norman's new play,

Special Report: The War on Women.Worked with Norman (Pulitzer winning playwright of 'Night Mother) and Lear DeBessonet (director at the Public Theatre in NYC);produced by Theatre for Humans, and performed at the Panasonic Theatre Lab.

AND

Shot National Commercial

 

FEBRUARY: BOOKED National Commercial

 

 

 

 A few pre-2014 links:

 

*ING Direct commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geExFBLcl2s

*Informed Consent  www.youtube.com/watch

*Spanish speaking commercial specwww.youtube.com/watch

 *HBO short film "Art Heist" part of the online award nominated CUBE project


A few stage reviews...
 

*Crime and Punishment @ Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara

"Kwana Martinez powerfully portrays Sonia, the prostitute who has invested her real love on faith."--The Santa Barbara Independent

"All three actors are terrific under Jonathan Fox's direction...Ms. Martinez vacillates between metaphor and individual character with aplomb."--Santa Barbara New-Press


*Sonia Flew @ San Jose Repertory

"In Cuba, under the Castro regime, Pilar (the sublime Kwana Martinez) bristles at having to bow and scrape to the local party honcho. Martinez is formidable as Pilar, fear and desperation written on her face, even as she tries for a gracious smile."

--The San Jose Mercury

 

*Merry Wives of Windsor @ Denver Center

"It's hard to imagine what (director) David Ivers could have done to make this weightless screwball comedy any more entertaining. ...Though this is Shakespeare's sole play centered on finding love in the middle ages, it's also got a pair of adorable young lovers (Mat Hostetler and Kwana Martinez), and it's no surprise they are able to outwit their disapproving parents."

--The Denver Post

*String of Pearls @ North Coast Repertory

"Kwana Martinez moves deftly from a present day 74 to her earlier self at 39. Her age shifts are so complete that we can sense the age shift even before a line of dialog or a change of costume."

--News Blaze.com