Martyn Dempsey is an Actor, Writer, Theatre Maker and Lecturer based in Edinburgh.
Training: East 15 Acting School BA Acting, National Youth Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre
For over a decade Martyn has worked as an actor and performer working for companies across the UK, specialising in new writing, comedy, devised performance, children’s theatre and pantomime. Companies Martyn has worked for over the years have included Les Enfants Terribles, Hull Truck, Derby Theatre, Gala Theatre Durham, Chipping Norton Theatre, Greyscale, Gameshow, Supporting Wall, SCAMP Theatre, Mischief La Bas, Hopscotch Theatre, Tall Stories, Nabokov, Mansfield Palace Theatre, Magpie Puppet Company, Infinite Jest, Old Saw, Finborough Theatre, Scottish Opera, Young Vic and many more. In this time Martyn has been involved in devising a range of productions which have toured both nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
In 2015 Martyn was diagnosed with auto immune condition Sarcoidosis which caused him to pull back from performance based work, and refocus his career as a theatre maker, director and writer though still performs from time to time.
As a writer Martyn’s work has been performed at venues including Theatre 503, Greenwich Theatre, Tron Theatre, Cambridge Junction and his play ‘The Girl with the Imagination’ was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2013. Recent writing work includes ‘InElsWhEre,’ commissioned as part of Tamfest at The Gaiety Theatre in October 2016 with support from Toonspeak, The Tom McGrath Trust and The Gaiety Theatre, and ‘Epistle Tae Rab,’ which was written and developed with 3rd Year Acting Students at The MGA Academy and staged at The Ghille Dhu in January 2018.
As a lecturer, outreach practitioner, and facilitator Martyn has worked delivering workshops and specialist courses for a wide range of organisations including MGA Academy, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Old Vic New Voices, Almeida Theatre, Impact Arts, National Youth Theatre, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Scottish Youth Theatre, and East 15 Acting School.
Currently Martyn is working full time as the Acting Course Co-ordinator at The MGA Academy in Edinburgh