Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative is a nonprofit production company that creates original works for theater and the web that combine socially relevant themes with an ambitious, multi-disciplinary approach to storytelling. Our intent is to give voice to unfamiliar and underrepresented stories in the most relatable, entertaining, and idiosyncratic way possible while challenging our audience's assumptions about the world around them. We have produced theater Off-Broadway, festivals, internationally, and media for the web. Our work is created through extensive research and partnerships with our community, artists of all mediums and backgrounds, and other nonprofit advocacy institutions.
Some issues we are addressing with artists...
Hashtag Protests and Extreamist Movements online - #HashtagProject
Health Care/ HIV and Poverty - OLITYELWE (Theater)
Immigration - THE ALIEN NATION (Theater)
African American Identity and Police - THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM ACCORDING TO THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA (Theatrical Installation)
National Security post 9/11 - POINT OF DEPARTURE (Theater)
Evolving Human Relationships through Technology - SKYPE DUET (Theater and Web)
Want to Work Together?
We are always looking for new collaborators or volunteers
United Nations Development Program, UNAIDS, Lincoln Center Education, All Stars Project, Artists 4 Change, African Services Committee, Per Aspera Productions- Berlin, HOGOF- Ghana, Theater in the Muz- South Africa, No More Deaths, MCC Youth on Stage
Jonathan David Martin (Co-Artistic Director, Producer) is multi-disciplinary director and performer working at the cross-section of technology, performance, and documentary. With Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative he directed "Tangible Hope Project" (Best Documentary Series-BNMWFest), conceived and directed Point of Departure, wrote and performed in Head in the Sand, directed and developed The Alien Nation, co-created #HashtagProject and performed in Olityelwe (Formally Ndebele Funeral). He has directed regionally across the United States, specializing in physical and ensemble-based productions.
As a performer, his New York City credits include Lincoln Center’s Broadway production of War Horse, Gutting at the National Black Theatre, and Big Green Theater at the Bushwick Starr, as well as productions regionally at Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Fords Theatre, Theater J, Two Rivers Theater, Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Santa Monica, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Empty Space Theatre. Jonathan is a pioneer in acting in virtual reality (VR), starring in Loveseat and Finding Pandora X for Double Eye Studios at the Venice International Film Festival and SXSW. Television credits include “Unforgettable” and "Believe" created by JJ Abrams.
As a producer he was founding Co-Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle, the Associate Producer at Theater J in Washington DC, and currently serves as the Director of New Works Development for Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.
Jonathan is a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Immersive Design Program where he teachers augmented reality design for performance. He has taught movement and producing around the country and internationally including New York University, University of Maryland, James Madison University, Long Island University, The Playhouse Co. (Durban, SA), and MCC Theater Youth Company. MFA, New York University Grad Acting. Recipient of The Leonore Annenberg Foundation Fellowship for the Arts for his work as an actor and director.
Zoey Martinson (Co-Artistic Director, Producer, Writer, Director)
is a writer, director, and co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative. She works at the crossroads of Arts & Advocacy, starting as a humanitarian aid worker with refugee's in West Africa, London and USA/Mexico border. She has created and directed performances in Ghana, South Africa, Berlin Germany, Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles. Her play Olityelwe (Formally Ndebele Funeral) won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the New York City Fringe Festival then toured in South Africa and Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival after an Off Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters. Her award winning short film La Oposición played at Casa México in SXSW 2019. Her award winning short film The Fisherman is acquired by HBO Shorts. She recently directed TV Movie “Uthandiwe” for South Africa’s DSTV MzansiMagic. She co-created and directed Skype Duet, which won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin then toured throughout Europe. She produced and directed an Arts Mission for the U.S. Consul General to South Africa’s informal settlements. Martinson holds an MFA from NYU TISCH. Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theater Club, Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellow, and formerly an Artistic Mentor Fellow at Lincoln Center. Her work has been nominated for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, featured on BBC World Service and published in five anthologies. Named the 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Artist Activist Fellow. She is the writer / director of a new musical “Dreamer” premiering at The Kennedy Center next season.