JAZZ MARTÍNEZ GAMBOA
Jazz trained and acted professionally in his native Cuba, where he worked for both the renowned Teatro Público and the Mefisto Teatro. In Cuba he twice studied under Stephen Bayly in the Meisner for Directors workshops at the International Film and Television School (EICTV). He moved to London in 2009 and undertook the full-time 2-year course in Meisner Technique at the Actors Temple, studying under Meisner’s protégé, Tom Radcliffe and Simon Furness.
In November 2012 Jazz made his writing and directorial debut with 'Killing Romeo', which deals with the boundaries of healthy and destructive relationships in the setting of an acting school. After a well-received week-long run at the Etcetera Theatre, it transferred to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town, where it ran for three weeks in May 2013.
In June 2015 he directed 'Perfect Lovers', also written by him, at the Teatro Technis. The play was inspired by the work of the Cuban-born artist Felix González-Torres on the theme of lack of synchronicity in relationships.
In September 2017 he completed a Masters Degree in Directing, with Distinction, at the world-renowned LAMDA in London.
Subsequently in Havana Jazz has directed Martin McDonagh's 'El Oueste Solitario' (The Lonesome West) in March and October 2017, at the Teatro Llaurado. This was followed by an all-female version of Shakespeare's 'Richard III' in the Bertold Brecht and Llaurado Theatres in July and October 2018, respectively. Both works were mounted with the support by the British Embassy.
For Directing Arts Jazz has successfully taught Battery Recharge workshops (Bogotá 2014; Havana 2015), as well as collaborating with Stephen on Advance Workshops.