Bill Martin


Mr. Martin is a pioneer in two professions, disability rights advocacy, and private power development. In addition, he is a playwright and produces plays and films. A co-founder of the Stavros Foundation in Amherst MA, Mr. Martin served as an advocate for and with people with mobility impairments and was a leader in the effort to make curb cuts, ramps, and accessible public bathrooms, laws in the USA. In 1980 he began a career developing Independent Private Power Projects, winning, with the development teams, awards such as CJ Global’s 2017 Best Single Asset in North America 2017 {Oregon Clean Energy, LLC}, and Grow Rhode Island’s 2018 Best Renewable Project {Forbes Street Solar, I and II}. He developed the first carbon capture project in Africa, completed in 2003, and the first private power projects in South America. He is currently developing Energy Storage projects in New England.

Mr. Martin co-produces plays and movies, winning Best Feature Film in the American Black Film Festival in 2018, for Devin Haqq’s Ambition’s Debt. Jocelyn Ajami’s Queen of the Gypsies won the best Dance in Film at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival. Mustafa Kaymak’s Green won the best short film at Sundance Festival in 2019.

Representative plays as producing partner/underwriter include:

  • Nilaja Sun’s 2007 OBIE award-winning play No Child.
  • Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play {EPIC Theatre Ensemble, NYC}.
  • Mona Mansour’s Vagrant Trilogy {Mosaic Theatre, Washington DC}.
  • DRUID Theatre’s Richard III, {The Lincoln Center, NYC, 2019}.
  • He is currently co-producing the filming of Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of

Mr. Martin’s plays include:

  • The Alchemist of Jerusalem at the Kennedy Center’s 2018 Page to Stage
  • Jimmy Crow Plays Golf One Day at the LARK Theatre, NYC.
  • The Investor was produced and presented on YouTube by EPIC Theatre.
  • EL Jefe at the Colorado New Play Festival on June 17, 2022.

Mr. Martin is on the St. Lawrence University Hockey Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, supports DRUID Theatre’s Playwright Development Programme, FUEL, in Galway, Ireland, is on the board of the Colorado New Play Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and is on the Art in Landscape Committee for the Trustees of Reservation, headquartered Boston, where Mr. Martin and his wife, Kumi, live. He continues to support the Stavros Foundation’s advocacy efforts and supports the Mountain Warriors Sled Hockey program based in Canton, NY.

Mr. Martin is a 1967 graduate of Saint Lawrence University. He attended North

Carolina A&T, and UNC Greensboro, earning his M.Ed.