Jane Martin

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For other people named Jane Martin, see Jane Martin (disambiguation).

Jane Martin is the pen-name of a playwright speculated to be former Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director Jon Jory.[1][2] Jon Jory, Martin's spokesperson, denies being Jane Martin but has directed the premieres of Martin's shows.[3]

Martin has traditionally been billed as a Kentucky playwright. While speculation about her identity centers on Jory, other theories have cited former Actors Theatre of Louisville Executive Director Alexander Speer, former Actors Theatre Literary Manager Michael Bigelow Dixon, and former intern Kyle John Schmidt.

Jane Martin's credits include Anton in Show Business, Back Story, Beauty, Coup, Cementville, Criminal Hearts, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, Vital Signs, and Talking With...[4] Martin's Keely and Du won the 1994 American Theater Critics Association New Play Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


  • With Michael Bigelow Dixon: Jane Martin Collected Plays. Volume II, 1996-2001. Contemporary playwrights series. [Lyme, NH]: Smith and Kraus, 2001. ISBN 978-1-57525-272-8.


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