Martha Thatcher is an American actor, originally from Los Angeles, California.
Named 2012’s Malibu Music Award’s “Best Young Artist of the Year,” Ms. Thatcher showed promise and interest in acting and the vocal arts from a young age. By the age of 14, Ms. Thatcher was performing professionally as a singer and Master of Ceremonies at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture in Malibu, California. One of the youngest performers on MAHMA’s professional stage, Ms. Thatcher quickly became a fan favourite among the patrons.
In 2010 Ms. Thatcher was featured on composer Maria Newman’s album, “A Holiday Festival of Music and Light,” singing the role of “Cantor” in Newman’s “A Little Book of Southern Carols.” Throughout her career, Ms. Thatcher has had the opportunity to perform alongside legendary artists—singing backup for Pat Benatar and opening for Dick van Dyke, to name a few—and has had the honor of headlining events featuring the music of her esteemed family members, 2-time Academy Award Winner Randy Newman and 9-time Academy Award Winning composer Alfred Newman. In July 2013, Ms. Thatcher sang the title role of, "Cinderella," in the acclaimed World Premiere Performances of composer Maria Newman's new collaborative musical score for the 1914 Mary Pickford Silent Drama, Cinderella, joined by the Omaha Festival Cinema Orchestra. Again, on the centennial of its 1914 original Theatrical Release, Thatcher was once again featured in Newman's "Cinderella," joining the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra in a historical landmark performance on December 28th, 2014 in Los Angeles. She has been a featured artist with such esteemed ensembles as the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, The Omaha Festival Cinema Orchestra, the Mystique Orchestra Band, and the Sierra Symphony Pops Orchestra.
Ms. Thatcher began her professional acting career in 2012, headlining with the Mystique Orchestra World Tour at the Warner Grand Theatre in Los Angeles, California. While in secondary school, Ms. Thatcher was named Regional Occupational Program Student of the Month on multiple occasions for her dedication to theatre and her work ethic in the rehearsal room. During this period, Ms. Thatcher was named “Best Overall Act” for all three nights of the 2013 Masque Talent Competition for her work as a stand-up comedian. Celebrity judges for Masque included actor Tobin Bell, of the “Saw” series. Ms. Thatcher was awarded first place in the Malibu Rotary Vocal Competition in both 2011 and 2013, going on to place at the Southern California Regional Rotary Music Competition. She additionally placed in the 2009 and 2012 Malibu Rotary Vocal Competitions and the 2009 Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica Vocal Competition.
In the summer of 2013 Ms. Thatcher attended the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar, where she was immersed in the work of William Shakespeare and was first introduced to the ideas of advocacy through the arts and social justice, both of which have become life-long passions. After graduation, Ms. Thatcher went on to perform professionally throughout Los Angeles, including roles as the Narrator in Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” and as the Narrator in “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” on the Montgomery Arts House stage, collaborating with world-class instrumental musicians to create a bridge between the text of Oscar Wilde and the music set by composer Maria Newman.
In 2016, Ms. Thatcher was featured as Phebe in the Southern Oregon Arts and Resources’ Guerilla theatre production of “As You Like It,” whilst simaltenously participating in multiple events as a part of the Oregon Fringe Festival. In October of 2016, Ms. Thatcher made her television debut as “Dollywood Singer” on the 8th season of ABC’s “The Middle.”
Ms. Thatcher graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance. While there she was named a Susan Carter Theatre Scholar, by competitive audition, and a Leon Mulling Theatre Scholar. During her time at the OCA she received the distinction of three Kennedy Center ACTF Irene Ryan Nominations, and three Kennedy Center ACTF Certificates of Merit for Outstanding Ensemble Work.
Ms. Thatcher remains an artist-in-residence at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture. She most recently completed a year as a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 Acting Company, where she was featured in the companies of "Hairspray: The Broadway Musical," directed by Christopher Liam Moore, "Alice in Wonderland," directed by Sarah Bruner, and "Macbeth," directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela.
This year, Martha is set to appear as Scarlett in Grace Van Dien's upcoming webseries, "Misfits," and as Misty Mae in Meredith Red's upcoming horror comedy, "Murder for Dummies."
"Murder for Dummies" is an official selection of Scream Fest LA, 2020 and is set to premiere in October of this year.
For more information on Martha Thatcher's upcoming engagements, visit New and Upcoming.
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