Martystuff

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The things I have done, in list form!

Marty Allen - Creative Director, Writer, Artist - Brooklyn, NY

martyallen(at)gmail(dot)com

PUBLISHED BOOKS
Emojis: The Secret Behind the Smile, Dog 'N Bone Books, US/London, November 2015
50 Knots You Need To Know, CICO Books, US/London, March 2015
Build Your Own Fingerboard Skatepark(Author and Illustrator), Dog 'N' Bone, US/London, 2014
Sock Puppet Madness, (Author and Illustrator), CICO Books, US/London, 2013

EMPLOYMENT
Martystuff, Owner and Operator: Solely responsible for creation, marketing, and sales of thousands of works of art (primarily Sock Puppet Portraits) in public venues and online. The Martystuff brand also represents an umbrella for all of my creative content and services: workshops, creative consultancy, freelance writing, and freelance commissions, 2003-present
Monsterface Industries, Co-founder, Creative Director: Monsterface Industries creates music, live interactive events, animations, pitches, and creative experiences, and as Creative Director I guide the development, implementation, and marketing of all of its projects, 2005-present
Free to Be Under Three, Lead Teacher: Instructor in innovative program for infants and toddlers dedicated to nurturing creativity, language, and development, July 2015-present
Goomba Stomp, Freelance Writer: Responsible for pitching and writing feature-length stories, short features, reviews, and opinion pieces on contemporary video games and tv, April 2017-present
Nickelodeon, Creative Consultant: Assisted with design and creative conceptualization of award-winning Spongebob's Game Frenzy, July-August 2014
Laughing Place, Freelance reporting on toys and Disney-realted events, 2014-present
Barnes & Noble, Freelance Content: Pitched, authored, and illustrated freelance humor comics for Sparknotes blog, July 2014-July 2015
Multicultural Arts Center, Communications Director, Youth Arts Coordinator: Responsible for outreach, program coordination, youth arts programs and instruction, graphic design, gallery and performing arts management, 2002-2006

EDUCATION
Gotham Writer’s WorkshopChildren's Book Writing with author Michael Leviton, Manhattan, 2012
Massachusetts College of Art, Studio for Inter-related Media, BFA,Graduate with Honors and Departmental Distinction, 1996-2000

SELECTED PUBLIC ART SALES VENUES
Shwick Holiday Market,
Art vendor, 2016
Brooklyn Bazaar, featured art vendor, 2016
Emerson Monthly Market, Featured and founding vendor, 2015-2016
Henson Foundation’s “Puppets on Film” Series, Puppets and books featured for sale, 2013-2014
Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Art vendor, 2014
Fab.com, Featured in online sale, January 2013
Union Square Holiday Market, Featured art vendor, 2010-2013
Wonder Fair, Featured artwork for sale, 2012-present
Artist’s & Fleas Market, Art vendor, 2011-2012
Brooklyn Flea, Art vendor, 2011

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS and WORKSHOPS
Rhode Island 401 Film Fest,
cartoon short "Vampire Boy" Official Selection, 2016
AS220, Selected artist-in-residence including puppetry workshop, 2016
Maker Faire, puppet workshop and lecture, 2013
Greenlight Bookstore, puppet workshop and author's reading, 2013
SUNY Purchase, featured presenting artist and performer, 2013
Book Release Party at Brooklyn’s Gutter, live performance and puppetry workshop, 2013
Boomtown Festival, Multicultural Arts in Cambridge, puppet workshop, 2012

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
Puppet Playlist, Featured performer and vendor, 2016
Way Station, Brooklyn, “RISE of the LAVA MEN” premiere performance, November 2014
Littlefield, Brooklyn, support act for MC Frontalot, 2013
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, support act for Harry and the Potters, 2012
Webster Hall, Manhattan, support act for Peelander Z, 2011
Nerdapalooza, Florida, featured festival act, 2009
Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn, featured guest artist, 2009
Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan, nationally touring support act for Harry and the Potters, 2008
Granada Theater, Texas, nationally touring support act for Harry and the Potters, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe, Manhattan, featured guest artist, 2008
The Tank, Manhattan, premiere of “Mashed Potato VS Vampire,” 2008
First Night Boston, featured guest artist, 2008
Unlimited Enthusiasm Tour, multimedia tour design, promotion, and execution for six-week national tour, United States and Canada, 2008
Potterface Tour, trans-disciplinary tour designed in collaboration with Boston Phoenix and Harry and the Potters, featuring daily song and video journals, United States, 2007
Cambridge River Festival, featured guest artist, 2006
Boston Children’s Museum, featured guest artist, 2006

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Hi Fi, Manhattan, 2015
Emerson, Brooklyn, 2014
I Made An Art, Red Hook, 2011
Sputnik, Brooklyn, 2009
The Tank, Manhattan, 2009
Jameson & Thompson, Boston, 2006

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
Pixel Art Studio, commissioned music, 2015
Parents Magazine, commissioned sock puppet and lesson, 2014
Apt C3, commissioned puppets of comedy troupe for online sketch comedy, 2013
Zoc Doc, commissioned puppet photography, 2012
Wonder Fair, commissioned series of “Noteworthy Kansans,” 2011
Math the Band, commissioned puppets of band for music video, 2011
WGBHcommissioned puppets of three noteworthy scientists for web advertising, 2011
Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club, commissioned art direction for series of 12 albums, 2008

SELECTED RECORDED WORKS
“Rise of the Lava Men,” 2014
“Jokey Jingles,” 2012
“This Is An Adventure,” 2008
“Nintendode,” 2007
“Letter Green (I Love You),” 2006

SELECTED COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
Kickstarter, successfully funded Uncle Monsterface’s 'RISE of the LAVA MEN’ production, 2013
Midnight Buffet’s Roulette Chronicles, lead voice talent for radio drama podcast, 2013
Kickstarter, successfully funded production of Marty’s Series 4 Sock Puppet Portraits, 2012
Jaws: The Musical, lead performer as ‘Quint’ in acclaimed off-off-Broadway performance, 2011-2012
Kingdom Rebels, voice talent, music composition, and writing assistance for award-winning animated shorts, 2006-2007
Top Shelf TV, co-producer, co-writer, and actor on award winning cable access variety and sketch show, 2002-2003
Eventworks, Mass Art, Executive Producer of year-long award-winning multimedia arts festival, 1999

SELECTED PRESS
GeekDad,
feature highlighting Halloween premiere of "Vampire Boy," 2016
The Rhode Show, featured guest on Rhode Island morning TV show promoting puppetry workshop, 2016
GeekDad, ‘Rise of the Lava Men’ selected as a “Nerdy Dozen” album of the year, 2014
ABC NYC News, featured as profile of a Union Square Holiday Market artist, Dec 2013
Wired.com, positive review of “Sock Puppet Madness,” 2013
Muppets’ Peter Linz (Walter the Muppet), Professional associate with favorable quotes for ‘Sock Puppet Madness,’ 2013
Mindhutslideshow profile of Marty’s Sock Puppet Portraits, 2012
Crain’s Business Journal, Gotham Gig’s featured artist profile, 2011
Time Out New York, slide show selection previewing Sputnik art show of Sock Puppet Portraits, 2009
Blendr Magazine, Uncle Monsterface profiled as part of Nerdapalooza Festival, 2009
Destructoid, Uncle Monsterface featured for “Nintendode,” 2007
“Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks,” (Ethan Gilsdorf, Lyon’s Press), Uncle Monsterface featured in major book about geek culture, 2009
Boston Phoenix, “Blood, Felt, and Rock and Roll” collaborative video and song-a-day blog with Harry and the Potters Potterface Tour, 2006
Boston Globe, Uncle Monsterface profiled as part of Cambridge River Festival, 2006

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Nickelodeon, Established relationship creating and pitching original content
Jim Henson Foundation, Regular contributions of puppets and books to annual film festival
Soundtrack Studios, Established presence working with staff on audio post-production
Wonderfair, Regular contributor to in-house art sales and long-standing creative collaboration
Monkeyhouse DanceLong-standing creative relationship
Wired.com/GeekDad, Regular coverage of professional accomplishments
Maker FaireEstablished relationship as contributor
Harry Potter Alliance, Long-standing professional association

AREAS of EXPERTISE
Creative Direction
Writing and Communication
Project Management
Event Management
Puppet Building and Puppetry, Including Workshop Administration
Graphic Design and Professional Printing
Web design, specializing in Squarespace implementation and integration
Illustration (stylized)
Video Editing
Performance
Voice Talent
Musical Composition
Small Business Managament
Marketing and Branding
Youth Arts Development
Curriculum Development

COMPUTER SKILLS
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Final Cut, Final Draft, Wordpress, Squarespace. Highly adaptive with most software platforms in the design and editing fields.

References available upon request