• Theatre

Elmer Martinez

Guest Artist

Lighting Designer for THE BACCHAE

Elmer Martinez is a Puerto Rican- Dominican American interdisciplinary working theater artist, poet and dancer. Born in Lowell, MA he developed in the spoken word,theater and street dance communities before completing his BFA in Theater Studies focused on Lighting Design with a minor in Dance in 2019. Elmer became the Production Manager at Green Street Studios during his senior year of undergrad where he designed, danced and produced work in Cambridge, MA. Post Grad Elmer moved to New York City as a Professional Production Apprentice for Bill T. Jones’ “New York Live Arts” dance Theater. After his departure he continued to freelance as a Lighting Designer/Technician for dance Companies and festivals including, “The Yard ”, New York Theater Workshop, Columbia University, theaters and special events between New York and Massachusetts. Some of his recent work include designs for VLA Dance via the Boston Dancemakers residency 2021 at the Boston Center for the Arts, N/A Dance, as well as Choreographer Adrian Hoffman’s “Kantankerous Creatures“. He will be in residency at BRIC Celebrate’s Brooklyn this September 2021 Debuting his latest design with Passion Fruit Dance Co. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to teach lighting design through Brighter Boston multiple summers as a mentor to professional working interns.

Outside of lighting Elmer focuses on producing community centric arts events rooted in hip-hop culture. His collaborations include fundraisers,art installations, open mics,performance art, dance battles, annual weekend long conventions and panels. Recently he has curated and performed hip-hop arts programming for the “Fest of Us” at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, Ma.

This will be Elmer’s first production as a guest artist with Northeastern!