Hi - Martie here.

I'm Green Scene's founder and I live in Chicago with my husband and son. 
 Since 1986 I’ve performed as an actress in Chicago/Midwest theaters: Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, American Theater Company, Madison Rep, and Purple Rose to name a few.  I also co-founded and perform with The Sweat Girls, an all-woman story telling troupe that's garnered a devoted following in Chicago.

I support my arts career working as a licensed and certified massage therapist and am currently a student at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.
I will graduate in summer 2020!

Since childhood, I've always loved gardening and getting my hands in soil.  When I'm tending to the earth, my mind is at rest and my imagination is inspired to fly. Gardens foster patience and openness to improvisation ... stuff that’s also needed for stagecraft! 

The concept of plants as "green scenery" took hold in my plans while I became a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois and taught garden/arts programs to children (K-12) all around Chicago. I created plays with the kids in garden spaces too and eventually I met with Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward to pitch the idea of a theater garden, a space where we'd "produce" on two levels - food and theater.  The Alderman showed me an abandoned lot in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and said if I could work with the community to transform it, I could use it as permanent space for this idea and my Green Scene Chicago practice. So I did that. With LOTS of people!  ( WINTHROP HARMONY ARTS) It was fun, hard work and a hugely rewarding.

And now, into our 5th summer, 
 the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden has bloomed! It's thriving with abundant growth and performances presented free to the public. Our gardeners include: eleven neighborhood families, garden clubs from four local social service agencies, and the Summer Stock Teen Ensemble that I hire each summer.   We are all dedicated to growing this green scene and the community connections we are fostering with youth, seniors, and artists.  If you would like to join the effort please connect with me via email martie@greenscenechicago.org

peas and love, 


With gratitude,  I'd like to send BIG THANKS and a BIG BOUQUET of sunflowers to these
organizations for their financial support and these people for their great help!

The 48th Ward Office -
Alderman Osterman 
Department Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Illinois Arts Council 
Muhammad Ali Foundation
Puffin Foundation 
Root Riot
Whole Kids Foundation
ALDI Corporation
Crop Society of America
Gethsemane Garden Center
Lake Street Landscape
Loyola University Urban Garden 
Lifeline Theatre
City Lit Theater
Bezazian Library
Latin School of Chicago
Service Club of Chicago

Rosalind Morris
Hani Moustafa 
Colleen Plumb 
Clare Nolan and Charlotte Long
Caroline Andres and her girls
Dorothy Milne and Paul Gilvary
Sharon Evans and John Ragir
Pamela Webster 
Cindy Hanson
Laura Davis
Seamus Ford and Amy Beltimacchi
Zach Nauth and Ille Gomez
Anne Ryan and John Zich
Kevin and Jackson
Joe Winston
John Musial  
Molly Rodenbush 
Ann Boyd 
Kathy Herwig
Kenny Golub
and all the Davis & Sanders peeps

If you'd like to donate plants, seeds, soil or supplies, please reach me by email
CONTACT:  martie@greenscenechicago.org

If you would like to DONATE to Green Scene Chicago
Please do so by writing a check to our fiscal sponsor

Make checks payable to NeighborSpace
Memo Line:

send checks to

445 N Sacramento Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60612

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