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Fundraising event for Confessions of A Synesthetic Sailor; An Interactive Journey Into High Seas
Shetler Studios, PH1
New York, NY
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Fundraising event for Confessions of A Synesthetic Sailor; An Interactive Journey Into High Seas
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Confessions of a Synesthetic Sailor; An Interactive Journey Into High Seas
Written and Performed by Natasha Lee Martin

Please join us on Saturday June 28 from 7-10 pm
Ticket price of $25 includes an open bar of selected wines, beer and other fine fare, music, performances and a raffle for goodies throughout the evening.

Shetler Studios
12 th floor Penthouse 1
244 West 54th St
(Between Broadway & 8th Ave)

Please feel free to reserve tickets now, as this benefit will fill up quickly!

If you would like to make more of a donation than the minimum ticket price, please feel free to add a larger amount by purchasing multiple tickets, bring a check or cash to the event made out to "Natasha Lee Martin". You may also email contact@natashaleemartin.com to mail a donation. Tickets will be available at the door for $30 cash.  There will also be opportunities for a raffle of some surprise items!  Additional donations are tax deductible.

*This benefit will help to fund the show, which has been made possible by a grant from The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

I had originally written, and performed this one-person show this past summer in June, 2013.  JACK Theater in NYC produced half, and I privately funded the other half. I also involved two of my Theatre students (Curshion Royale Jones & Aidan Swanson) who came to NYC and worked on the technical and performance and designer Vanessa Leuck co-ordinated the costume, Lucio Menegon played guitar and improvised sound scape. The show will be remounted from last year (June, 2013) will then be revised and retooled using new design concepts and technologies. Artists are often revising, retuning and often never feel they are done. This project will help us all to better understand the process of creativity as a constant development and reflection. This is a process I have already experienced, yet as an artist and practitioner I am still exploring.  How do people (such as Performers, Musicians, Visual Artists, Corporate Creatives) develop a form of artistic synesthesia due to the demands of their job, and how does it inform their problem solving and creative choices?

What is the show?

Famous artists in history such as Goethe, Fey Mann, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Nabokov, Poe, Baudelaire, Miles Davis, Eve Bess, Laura Nyro reported having the neurological condition of synesthesia. Over the last 30 years or so It has still been a topic of shame and skepticism until now.

Synesthesia is defined by the American Synesthetic Association as a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses, such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people's names with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor. The word synesthesia comes from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception). Therefore, synesthesia literally means, "joined perception."

I grew up having these synesthetic experiences, often while sailing with my grandfather. I began to explore the nueroscience behind this condition and became fascinated with its relationship to art.

I will take the audience through an interactive performance process further developing the show to communicate the neurological condition of synesthesia, sensory and emotional recall of real life events and seafaring folklore, and how these experiences aid in the creative process. In this performance a mix of both non-synesthetes alike will observe spontaneous moments of prepared written text, strongly driven by this theme and language related to the condition of synesthesia.  In the final performance product, the audience will be able to respond if they like or feel so to share what their senses "see" so that we may capture what it is like to experience synesthesia in the moments of a living collage of process, and to take the journey in unfamiliar waters, as fellow mariners, navigating the creative coarse of synesthesia. It is my hope that this work will encourage people to expand their awareness of process vs. product so they are able to reflect upon how their own creative sensibilities and innovative technologies can enhance their world. This piece explores transformation and enlightenment to this ultimately powerful gift of a heightened level of perception as an artist.

Creative Team:

Performer/ Writer
Natasha Lee Martin

Natasha has appeared in television and film roles on FOX, TLC, DISNEY, NIPPON TV JAPAN and many stages throughout Philadelphia, NYC and Los Angeles and in the USA. Trained at the Actor's Studio Program in NYC, Natasha holds an MFA in Acting Pedagogy from VCU and attended the Actor's Studio Program in New York City where she trained extensively in Stanislavski, Strasberg (Moscow Art Theater) Kazan, Hagen and Meisner and at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also received instruction from world renowned director Arthur Penn and executive producer of Law and Order Estelle Parsons.

She has extensive professional resume, directing in both academic and professional theatre for the past 15 years, including directing new works, modern and classical plays. Natasha has lectured at Rutgers, teaches workshops in New York City and Los Angeles has had successful residencies and performed at The Living Theater, and at venues in New York City such as Gotham Comedy Club, Theater 54, The PIT, The Creek, The Palace Theater and The Producer's Club and in Los Angeles at Sacred Fools Theater and T.U. Studios.

Marisa Guida

Marisa received her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the 2014 recipient of the Thesis Fellowship from the VCU Graduate School for her thesis project, Remembering Imogene Coca, including an original musical, Not Afraid To Be Ugly, which is on it's way to workshops. She is excited to be back at VCU as lead instructor for Winning Presentations, an applied theatre course developed for the Business and Engineering Schools. Credits include; Off-Broadway: Tony 'N Tina's Wedding, National Tour: Ferdinand The Bull, Regional: Hairspray, 1940s Radio Hour, Hooray for Hollywood, Working, Reckless. Choreography: It's a Fabulous Life (RTP), Avenue Q, Hairspray (TheatreVCU), Producers (VA Rep), Ain't Misbehavin' (Fredricksburg).

Costume Designer
Vanessa Leuck

Vanessa is a New York City-based costume designer who, after receiving a BFA in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, has been working in the field since her graduate training at Virginia Commonwealth University. Immediately after receiving her MFA in Costume Design she took an internship at Walt Disney World as a sketch artist and costume designer for its theme parks and resorts. After that beneficial experience she moved to New York and started her career in the city as a costume designer and assistant designer.  Ms. Leuck has designed for Disney on Ice, Off-Broadway, at several regional theaters and colleges, as well as with professional dance companies.  In addition to her design work she has assisted on several large-scale productions including THE LITTLE MERMAID (Broadway), RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS (five productions), DISNEY LIVE, and DISNEY ON ICE.  Regional experiences include productions with The Philadelphia Theater Company, American Music Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, The Fireside Theater, Arundel Barn Playhouse and more. Ms. Leuck believes that communication, research, color theory, and character driven choices are the foundation of a solid overall design.  Her design work combines her hands on experience with fashion design knowledge, attention to detail, and love for the art of storytelling. Vanessa is a proud member of USA 829.


Noreen Barnes

Noreen has been a director, dramaturg and administrator for both professional and academic theatres for over 30 years, including Double Edge Theatre (MA), University of Oregon Theatre, Tufts University Arena Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Actors Theatre of San Francisco, and Richmond Triangle Players (where she is currently Associate Artistic Director). Her work as a director is cited in the Cambridge Guide to the American Theater. She directed the premiere production of Kate Bornstein's Hidden: A Gender, starring Bornstein and Justin Bond, and served as assistant and dramaturg for legendary director Joseph Chaikin's productions at San Francisco State University and American Conservatory Theatre.  She recently dramaturged Natasha Lee Martin's Confessions of a Synesthetic Sailor (NY).


Lighting Designer
Haejin Han

Studied Theater/Design & Tech/Stage manager at CUNY, Brooklyn shows include stage managing MOM (A Rock Concert Musical) and lighting design for Reasons To Be Pretty, The Violet Hour and Flyin' West at Brooklyn College. MFA in  Design & Technical Theater.

Lucio Menegon

Lucio is a composer, improviser and sonic artist that freely mingles angular riffs, subtle sounds and sheer noise with fucking awesome in-free-fall after jumping out of a capsule at-the-edge-of-space guitar work. His work is rooted in old blues, country, punk rock, surf, spaghetti western soundtracks and has been described as Morricone composing surf music on Laudnumperformed at a secret opium den in the basement of CBGB's. Big city chaos, desert expanses, long drives and forays into ambient textural spaces inform a fusion of traditional song structure and modern improvisation. Sought after as a collaborator and sideman for his creative approach and tasteful tone, Lucio consistently contributes that elusive something to a composition or moment  appearing on over 50 releases and performing all over the globe with artists such as Kim Boekbinder, Ross Hammond, Amy Denio, Richard Lainhart, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Edith Frost, Gunnar Madsen, Mark Growden, Joe Rut, Moe! Staiano and Scott Pinkmountain.


Set Designer
Leon Wiebers

Leon Wiebers has designed productions in the United States and internationally.  He is a current Fulbright Research Scholar working in South Korea.  His recent credits include The Music Man for Glimmerglass Festival and the Royal Opera in Oman.  He is a long-term collaborator at California Music Circus whose productions include My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate, Jekyll and Hyde, Aida, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Grease, West Side Story, The Fantasticks and The Scarlet Pimpernel; Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the San Francisco Opera Center, Cymbeline at Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Il Trovatore for the English National Opera, El NiƱo for the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Cosi Fan Tutti for Sacramento Opera, Living Pictures for the Getty Museum and Antigone for Portland Center Stage. Awards include: Fulbright Research Grant to Korea, Back Stage West Garland and LA Weekly Awards for Three Sisters for Interact Theatre, LA and an LA Ovation Award for Ubu Roi at A Noise Within. He is current member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


Sound Design/Music Consultation
Ethan Popp

Tony Award Nominated Arranger, Orchestrator, Musical Director, Musical Supervisor, Conductor, Musician on Broadway

Smash (TV Series) (music producer - 1 episode, 2012) (music supervisor - 1 episode, 2012) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 2012) (producer - 1 episode, 2012) Broadway production of Rock of Ages, Glory Days (Broadway), Tarzan (Broadway), the Philadelphia premiere of Billy Porter's Being Alive, the New York workshop of Spider-Man (Julie Taymor/Bono and the Edge of U2), We Will Rock You (German premiere), Disney's Aida (German premiere/European tour), Mamma Mia! (German premiere), Forever Plaid (U.S. tour), Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City production), Fame! (U.S. tour) and others. Ethan is also currently Music Supervisor for Hedwig and the Angry Itch Starring Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway


Video- Art Direction/editor
Curshion R. Jones

Curshion is originally from California, Curshion started the Who I Am Series as an interviewing platform for people to be transparent and tell their stories. The series is now on the web, touring and will soon be produced for T.V. He has worked with actor Marc John Jefferies, attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and is CEO of Rsoul Royal Productions.


Shetler Studios, PH1 (View)
244 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States


Arts > Performance
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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