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) Recipient of The Leonore Annenberg Foundation Fellowship for the Arts for his work as an actor and director. With Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative he conceived and directed Point of Departure, wrote and performed in Head in the Sand, directed and developed The Alien Nation and performed in Olityelwe (Formally Ndebele Funeral). Other directing credits include The Tempest with Touchstone Theatre, Send ‘Em in or Send ‘Em Away at the NYU Freeplay Festival, and Facts of the Matter for the Studio Tisch Festival. Jonathan has been an assistant director with Martha Clarke on Angel Reapers, and Jim Calder on his music-infused adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream. 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 Two Rivers Theater, Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Santa Monica, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Empty Space Theatre. Jonathan is a co-founding member of Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle, WA. With The Ensemble he performed in Adam Rapp’s Finer Nobel Gases, the world premiere of Jane Martin’s Laura’s Bush and The Ensemble’s original plays Handcuff Girl Saves the World, Wonderful Life, Next Tuesday and What is Sexy? He is also a member of Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles where he has appeared in Medea and Pericles Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Television credits include “Unforgettable” and "Believe" created by JJ Abrams. Jonathan has taught ensemble-building and devising workshops around the country and internationally including New York University, Long Island University, The Playhouse Co. (Durban, SA), and MCC Theater Youth Company. He splits his time between NYC and Washington DC where he is the Associate Producer of Theater J. MFA, New York University Grad Acting.
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.