Sage Martin | Breakout Session
Sage joins Maggie Rogers for a session called "Fat Discrimination in the American Theatre"
About this session: The only widely accepted form of discrimination right now in American is sizeism, particularly fat discrimination. The session will explore how the theatre reinforces these poisonous ideologies and will offer solutions to repair the damage has been done and also to prevent discrimination in the future. Rogers and Martin, who met in playwriting class in high school and have collaborated ever since, will discuss their approach to size blind casting and how they have combatted fat shaming in their professional careers and lives. The session will ask the questions: Why do we only see smaller figures in leading roles? Why are the only roles for larger people based on the characters need to lose weight/self-loathing? Does "type" in casting genuinely exist, or is it something created to box in storytelling and actors?
Sage Martin is an actor and writer from Kentucky who obtained her degree in Acting from Paul McCartney's Institute of Performing Arts in Liverpool, England. While there, she performed All's Well That Ends Well at the Sam Wanamaker Festival (The Globe, London) and devised a performance based art installation on the US foster care system (Liverpool). She moved to Los Angeles after graduation where she wrote and starred in “The Trials and Errors of Suzette Le’Ago and The Downstairs Neighbor (or Half Magic)” that has played at film festivals in 6 countries, won 2 awards, and showed at drive-in movie theaters around Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. In 2017, she wrote “Such a Pretty Face” and workshopped at it Theater Schmeater (Seattle), where it will be playing in Spring of 2019. Sage is currently learning stained glass work in between acting and writing.