Previously, Martinez worked at MCT for thirteen years in various roles, including as show director for sold out performances of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and the school edition of “Les Misérables” before leaving to help open the Arizona Broadway Theatre, a successful professional dinner theatre in Peoria, Arizona.
“When the artistic director position opened up, I jumped at the chance to return to MCT. Remembering that feeling of making a difference in someone’s life was one of my main reasons I wanted to return,” Martinez said. Martinez came on board in July and already co-directed a show with thirty-year MCT veteran and executive director, Michael McGill. “After directing and managing at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Joe brings great experience and highly developed skills to MCT; we’re delighted to have him back,” said McGill. “We have so many projects to go around, and it’s nice to share the fun. Joe and I have had many different jobs at MCT and we speak the same language.”
“Coming back after six years is, as they say, like riding a bike. It feels like I’m in the right place, where I need to be. The passion that people have for this company, as well as the passion the community has for the arts—there is nothing better. To be able to be part of this is very rewarding,” Martinez shared. As MCT heads into their new season, Martinez will direct “Miss Nelson is Missing,” a production for children, in celebration of National Arts In Education Week this September, as well as MCT Community Theatre’s “She Loves Me” in December and “West Side Story” next May.
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About MCT, Inc.
Founded in 1970, MCT, Inc. is the parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and MCT Community Theatre. Missoulians fill 1,500 roles within local MCT programs each year as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, technical crew, and other volunteers. The Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour visits more than 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries on average, reaching approximately 650,000 people annually.