Sidney V. Martinez is a senior at Dwight Morrow/Academies in Englewood, NJ where she is currently Head Stage Manager for the school musical production. Sidney has been associated in the school’s music department since her freshman year and has previously worked on two other productions as assistant stage manager for her school and the BergenPAC Performing Arts School. She is very excited to be an intern at NPTC as an assistant to the artistic director and will be with us every Thursday through May 2019.
We asked Sidney about her interest in Theatre, and chosing to seek an internship with NTPC.
"I never thought I would want a career in art. I was always interested in psychology. But in my
freshman year, a friend forced me to audition for the high school musical, Legally Blonde. I
played the part of Chutney Windom and fell in love with Theatre. That made me do some
research on the profession, and discovered that I liked backstage work more than performing.
In junior year, a friend asked me to be trained as a stage manage, as she was a senior and
would be gone the next year and they needed someone to take her place. I assisted on Working
with the high school and then got an internship at Bergen Performing Arts Center for the
summer. In addition to being assistant stage manager, I was able to experience a little bit of all
aspects of backstage work. I did some costume design, built props, made video projections, did
line notes with the actors. For the performances I was running sound. This solidified my desire to
pursue Theatre as a career."
"I was looking for theatres in NYC because I didn't want to go back to Bergen PAC—I wanted to
get out of my comfort zone. I came across the website for NPTC.in a Google search and what
really got me was reading the bios of the summer interns; what they got to work on, and that
excited me. Also, I really liked the mission statement. And I read the Artistic Director's bio, and
the fact that she had started the company and had a focus on works by women interested me a
I just want to learn as much as I can, and NPTC seems like a place where I can do that!"
Sidney's family hails from Colombia, where NPTC has developed a wonderful relationship
with Patricia Ariza and the Colombian Theatre Corporation. Feels like this connection was
meant to be.