Martin has an established career as a theatre writer, performer, director and producer. Thirty three of his plays have been professionally produced; he has performed in more than twenty productions, directed a further twenty-two shows and toured in the UK and internationally. He is Artistic Director of Theatre North which he founded in 2001 and Director of the recently formed ¡Barcelona Solo! – International Festival of Solo Performance.
He has been Resident Dramatist at Nottingham Playhouse, Script Consultant at the Royal Exchange Theatre & Library Theatres Manchester and West Yorkshire Playhouse; and Project Manager /Consultant at Space@Little London, Leeds. Other residencies include The Basement Brighton and The Point Eastleigh. He has taught and taken a wide variety of classes and workshops in schools, colleges and universities including Birkbeck University of London and RADA and is currently an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.