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William Martinez

Birth Place: Denver, Colorado

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A native of Denver, William Martinez earned his Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently touring the educational market with his presentation SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life and The Power of Belonging inspiring teachers to remember how incredible their impact is on their students. SIGNing the Song and The Power of Belonging combine American Sign Language (ASL) with song and shares his inspirational story of growing up in a deaf household, discovering music, and celebrating the massive impact that one teacher had on his life. He also introduces how ASL in the classroom can create a new and effective way for teachers to communicate with their students. He is extremely honored to have SIGNing the Song: You Have Changed My Life be the DVD companion to one of the most successful educational books on the market: The First Days of School: How to Become an Effective Teacher (Fifth Edition) by Harry and Rosemary Wong. In fact, the DVD has won many awards including two Telly Awards for ‘Motivational Non-Broadcast Video’ and multiple AVA Digital Awards including the platinum award for ‘On-Camera Talent’ award for William as a Motivational Speaker! The highest award given!


In addition to his speaking engagements, William is also a professional actor/singer with many impressive credits and awards under his belt. His theatrical version of SIGNing The Song won a Broadway World award in 2018! He toured Thank You For The Music: A Modern Tribute to ABBA across the nation and sailed the high seas as the Lead Male Singer on Silversea Cruises performing Opera, Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and other musical styles (along with showcasing SIGNing the Song). Previous to those productions, William originated the role of Bean’s Dad in Ivy and Bean at South Coast Repertory and Jason in Ordinary Days at the Victory Theatre in LA. He has also performed in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus, La Mirada Performing Arts Center), Parade, Little Mary Sunshine, No No Nannette, Superman, Street Scene, Blood Brothers,
High Fidelity, Titanic (Musical Theatre Guild), Secret Garden, Once Upon a Mattress, City of Angels, 110 in the Shade, Bells Are Ringing, Kismet (Musical Theatre West Reiner), Big River (Taper), Big River and Oliver! (Deaf West Theatre), Back to Bacharach (Sierra Rep), Forever Plaid (Little Theatre of the Rockies), Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Gold Coast), and many other musical shows. He has performed for countless award shows, honor galas, and charity events (including the Paul Newman’s SeriousFun for children). He has done film, TV, voiceovers, and sings backup for Kristin Chenoweth whenever she is in the Los Angeles Area. He loves to give back to the community by performing for elementary school kids with Musical Theatre West, Musical Theatre Guild, and New West Symphony and is a proud member of Actors Equity. William thanks his wonderful family for their endless love and support. ILY!

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MTG REWIND Revisits The Best Of MTG In A Special Benefit Concert

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will present MTG REWIND, a special benefit to support Musical Theatre Guild's extensive youth outreach programs. The event, an intimate celebration of over 20 years of Musical Theatre Guild's best musical moments, will take place at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
Winners Announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards: George Takei, Desi Oakley, Adam Jacobs and More!

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and voted on by you - the local theatergoers!
Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Los Angeles Awards!

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Los Angeles Awards!

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Los Angeles Awards!

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
Vote For The 2018 BWW Los Angeles Awards; WAITRESS Leads Best Musical Tour!

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Award; WAITRESS Leads Best Musical Tour!

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
William Martinez's SIGNING THE SONG Comes to The Colony for Four Performances

The Colony Theatre in Burbank has announced a four-performance engagement of SIGNing the Song, written, performed, and directed by William Martinez, opening on November 1. Musical direction is by David Bawiec. 
Artists Rise Up Los Angeles Presents Benefit Performance Of MIXTAPE

ARTISTS RISE UP LOS ANGELES presents an evening of powerful songs, MIXTAPE, benefiting School on Wheels.
Colony Theatre Announces IT'S SHOWTIME!

The Colony Theatre in Burbank has announced a second season of It's Showtime!, a five-show series featuring entertainment ranging from concerts to comedy and parody. The series is designed to provide something for arts lovers of all ages.
Photo Coverage: SIGNING THE SONG Starring William Martinez Returns To The Rockwell

SIGNing the Song returned to the Rockwell Table and Stage for one night only on Tuesday, Feb 27th at 8 pm! Using a combination of American Sign Language and singing, actor-vocalist William Martinez's SIGNing The Song shares the story of a boy who grew up in a deaf household with little exposure to TV, radio, or movies.
SIGNING THE SONG is Back At The Rockwell

SIGNing the Song is back at the Rockwell Table and Stage for one night only on Tuesday, Feb 27th at 8 pm! Using a combination of American Sign Language and singing, actor-vocalist William Martinez's SIGNing The Song shares the story of a boy who grew up in a deaf household with little exposure to TV, radio, or movies. Because of his incredible 8th-grade music teacher and the love and support of his parents, he came out of his silent world and discovered his voice through music. Watch how ASL and song lyrics meld together into a beautifully unique art form.
MTW's Reiner Staged Reading Series presents ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Musical Theatre West's (MTW) Reiner Staged Reading Series (RRS) returns with Once Upon a Mattress, on Sunday, November 19, 7pm at the Beverly O'Neill Theater. Tickets are now on sale at the MTW Ticket Office, by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4, or by visiting the MTW website at www.musical.org. Advance general admission tickets for each performance are $27 ($32 on the day of the performance). Seating is general admission, with priority access for Reiner Staged Reading Subscribers.
SCERA Announces 12th Annual DANCING UNDER THE STARS

During a half-hour break from the Capezio Summit ACE Awards dance convention in Long Beach this week, producer Kim Delgrosso described how excited she is with the talented group of artists she has assembled for the 12th annual Dancing Under the Stars at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre. 
Star-Packed Lineup Slated for AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY at Rockwell

L.A.'s live music venue, Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz, continues its ongoing line-up show, An Evening of Classic Broadway, today, November 15th at 8PM.
Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale.
Music Circus to Present HUNCHBACK, Featuring Broadway's Lesli Margherita and First Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo, John McGinty

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).
Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal to Present THE SHOWS OF MY LIFE - A PERSONAL DISCOVERY, 10/18

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THE SHOWS OF MY LIFE – A PERSONAL DISCOVERY on Sunday, October 18, 2015 (5:30 PM dinner, 7:00 PM show).
Musical Theatre Guild Presents One Night Only GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 2014-2015 season with 1949's classic GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.
Musical Theatre Guild to Stage THE GOLDEN APPLE in Concert at New Roads School, 2/8

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 2014-2015 season with the 1955 cult classic THE GOLDEN APPLE. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Moss Theatre at New Roads School in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

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