…. I’m from Switzerland, so yes, I’ll be on time, but no, I don’t love cheese … I love theater, but sometimes museums inspire me more … I like reading when it rains, writing in the morning, the sound of small waves on a summer lake ... I can only sleep in on Sundays … I don’t take myself too seriously, unless I’m serious …
Martina Potratz is an actress, writer and theater maker. She grew up in Germany and Switzerland, where she graduated from the acting department at HKB University of the Arts in Bern.
After moving to New York in 2008 and interning with the Wooster Group, she started performing and creating Drama-Desk nominated work with the International WOW Company. This led to parts in new plays all over the city, uptown and downtown, and frequent international collaborations with award-winning visual artists. Martina is an inaugural member of Intar Theatre's resident acting company Unit 52, which was invited to the Encuentro 2014 in Los Angeles, the largest Latinx theater festival in the US.
As the founder of Lil' Explosions, she has written and produced the site-specific theater soap A Sitcom for the Apocalypse, a series that examines the end of the world by mashing classic sitcom attributes with downtown theater madness. Several of her short plays have been staged at Intar Theatre. Her new audience-interactive show, In the Blue Hour, is currently in pre-production and will run from June 14 - June 17, 2018 in NYC.
Martina just returned from a Playwright Residency with Jentel Arts in Wyoming and was a fellow at Vermont Studio Center in 2016. She has received a Berlin residency and several Grants for Young Artists from her home Canton Zug/Switzerland in support of her theater work.