Assistant Professor of Theatre (Scenic/Lighting Design)
BA, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
MFA, Tulane University
Marty AIkens is a faculty member in the Performing Arts Program. Marty has a lifelong background and education in both performance and production. He holds his undergrad degree in Acting and Directing from the University of TN, and an MFA in Theatre Design and Production from Tulane University.
He has worked with many prominent theatre companies including the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Cirque du Soleil. He served as Artistic Director of Atlanta's critically acclaimed Jack in the Black Box Theatre Company for eight years. In television and film, Marty has worked with NBC, Fox, and CBS networks in almost all areas of production, from camera-work to directing, and everything in between. Currently, Marty produces and directs a lifestyle/food magazine show called "A Taste of the Good Life" with SkyFilms. He also worked as Assistant Director on two award-winning indie films. You might even catch him on screen as an actor in a few television shows and films.
Marty taught in the Theatre Arts Academy at Atlanta's magnet school for Performing Arts, North Springs Charter High School. Under his direction there, the school garnered national attention as one of the top programs in the U.S., performed internationally, and landed students in national tours, and on Broadway. After moving to South Louisiana, he served as technical director and resident designer at Loyola University in New Orleans.His New Orleans design work includes The Misanthrope and Woyzeck (Tulane/the New Orleans Fringe Fest), Totalitarians (Southern Rep), Pterodactyls and The Tempest (Promethean Theatre Co.), The Producers and Into the Woods (Rivertown Theatres), and Caroline or Change and Richard III (Loyola).