Technical Director and Extraordinary Professor of Theatre Arts
Marty Aikens has a lifelong background in theatre and has worked with many prominent performance companies including Cirque Du Soleil and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He holds an BA in Acting and Directing from the University of TN, and an MFA in Theatre Design and Production from Tulane University. He served as Artistic Director of Atlanta's critically acclaimed Jack in the Black Box Theatre Company for eight years.
Marty then moved into education for a ten year stay at Atlanta's magnet school for Performing Arts, North Springs Charter High School as faculty, resident designer, and technical director. Under his direction there, the school garnered national attention as one of the top programs in the U.S., performed internationally, and landed students in top tier universities, national tours, and on Broadway.
In television, Marty has worked with NBC, Fox, and CBS networks in almost all areas of production, from camera-work to directing, and everything in between.
Currently, Marty produces and directs a lifestyle / food magazine show called "A Taste of the Good Life".
He has also worked as Acting Coach and Assistant Director on two award-winning indie films.
His New Orleans design work includes Woyzeck for Tulane / the New Orleans Fringe Fest, Totalitarians with Southern Rep, Pterodactyls with Promethean Theatre Co., and The Producerswith Rivertown Theatres.