Marty Pottenger

Founder/Director of Art At Work, performance artist and director

Marty Pottenger, theater artist, playwright, and social practitioner. Her plays have toured USA and Europe since 1975.  She is the founder of Art At Work (2007), a national initiative that increases cities’ resilience through strategic art projects. Her plays include #PhillySavesEarth (climate change/history/time travel/personal tragedies/2016/ Painted Bride); ABUNDANCE: America & Money (interviews with 30 multi-millionaires & 30 minimum wage-workers/2004/ NYC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Burlington, Houston, Providence, Chicago); City Water Tunnel #3 (Obie-award, story of the building of NYC’s water tunne/1998/Judith Anderson NYC + ICA, London); Radio Calls (with police officers after fatal shooting/2010/Portland ME); home land security (intimate & societal impacts of 9/11 performed by Portland’s Mayor, Fire Chief, Sudanese Refugee, NAACP President, Mi’kmag Tribal member/ 2006 / Portland ME); All The Way Home (performances by veterans – Iraq & Afghanistan – battling PTS/2016/Portland ME). A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she is the creator, playwright and Executive Producer of ‘MAINEUSA’ an intimate epic performance to fight climate destruction with the history of Maine from the Ice Age till now. Her TEDx talk is at http://www.martypottenger.com Pottenger is grateful for the longtime support of Animating Democracy for its leading role in energizing creativity’s catalytic power in tackling the critical issues of the day.