HISTORY OF Marti Stevens interactive improv theater
Who We are
The company was founded by Marti Stevens, an adult education program director, in 1985. She was, according to her colleagues and contemporaries, a force to be reckoned with. Marti launched the Literacy Awareness Theater to work closely with Adult Education programs across Maine to make teachers, tutors and community members aware of the subtle and not-so-subtle struggles that non-readers face.
Marti first used Improvisational Interactive Theater with teens to address issues such as date rape, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. In 1984 Stevens brought her theater to adult educators at the Northern New England Conference. From there, the newly formed Northern New England Social Action (NNESA) group began a collaboration that addressed a variety of concerns in adult education and local communities.
In Maine, the Maine Literacy Theater (MLT) was performing and providing training to adult educators and community groups under Marti’s direction. Following Marti Stevens’ passing in 1993, the decision was made to continue her great work, and the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater was born. Ever since, a group of dedicated actors from many walks of life provide training opportunities all over Maine, for educators, government, non-profits and business.