About Me

I'm Martin Denton. For 20 years, from the late 1990s through the mid-2010s, I was executive director of NYTE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to NYC theater, especially the indie theater sector. I ran a popular listings and review website (nytheatre[dot]com) where I personally reviewed thousands of shows and edited many more written by dozens of theater professionals who volunteered to help us cover as much theater as possible. Our company also published annual anthologies of new plays (the Plays and Playwrights series, which ran for eleven years), along with several other volumes of new plays. We also created the first regularly scheduled podcast series dedicated to NYC theater. I created and edited Indie Theater Now, a digital platform for discovery of contemporary American drama. Online from 2011 through 2017, ITN's library included about 1300 plays.

As the initiator and host of two widely attended convocations in 2005 and 2008, I helped define and brand the indie theater movement in New York City. I served on the boards of the League of Independent Theater (of which I was a co-founder) and The Present Company (producer of the New York International Fringe Festival).

I received an “OTTY” (Our Town Thanks You) Award for cultural contributions to Manhattan in 2008, and with NYTE Managing Director Rochelle Denton received the Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, also in 2008. In 2009, NYTE was one of three winners of the "Show Your Impact” competition, sponsored by TechSoup and Microsoft. We received a $5,000 cash grant plus $25,000 in Microsoft software; this enabled and led to all of my subsequent experiences becoming a web designer / developer / programmer.

Before NYTE, I worked for Marriott International for 13 years, where I was involved in the design and development of accounting systems used in the corporate office and at the company's thousands of hotels and other operations. I also worked on projects to integrate several acquired companies into Marriott's payroll and benefits system.

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