Michael L. Martin Jr.

Michael Martin

leading teams, building relationships, and coaching toward success

michael@mlmjr.com


 

Technical Services Manager, The New School, New York NY, 2018-Present

The New School is a private, non-profit university centered in Manhattan, New York City, comprising a world-renowned design school, liberal arts college, performing arts college, and graduate schools. I was brought on board as the Technical Services Manager where I serve as main technical lead and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Technical Services Office.

In 40% of my role, I manage a team of assistants and audio engineer employees, providing them with call times, meal breaks, and overall scheduling. Another 40% of my role is divided into partnering with Security, IT and Facilities so that we provide technical support for classrooms for the College of Performing Arts (which consists of the Mannes School of Music, the School of Drama, and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music). 10% of my role is spent supervising concerts and special events, while the final 10% is in the category of wearing a variety of other miscellaneous hats.


Entertainment Technician, Carnival Cruise Line, Miami FL, 2013-2018

Carnival Cruise Line is one of ten cruise line brands owned by the world's largest cruise ship operator the American-British Carnival Corporation & plc. I was brought on board as the Entertainment Technician for consecutive six-month contracts. In my last year, I filled in as technical manager and supervised a team of 6 technicians of various disciplines (AV, LES, Lighting, Automation).

60% of my role involved client-facing interaction in a hotel environment where I connected with guests as their first point of contact, escalated customer issues to internal teams when necessary, and shared customer feedback and information with other team members in order to continuously improve the product and customer experience.

With over 2,000 live events supervised for audiences of more than 1,700 seats, 40% of my role involved technical troubleshooting and performing maintenance on electrical and electronic systems and serving as technical support (hardware and software) for an entire ship of +6,000 people including guests and crew members.


NOTABLE PROJECTS


Sound Design/Front of House Live Audio Mixing/Editing/Producing

Carnival LIVE Concert Series

Lip Sync Battle with Carnival Cruise Line (5 live shows mixed)

Hasbro: The Game Show with Carnival Cruise Line (480 live shows mixed, 3 hosts and game show sound effects)

Dr. Seuss: Seuss-A-Palooza Storytime with Carnival Cruise Line (240 live shows mixed, 1 host and sound effects)

The Punchliner Comedy Club with Carnival Cruise Line (250 live shows produced, 1 host and 1 comedian)

Carnival Cruise Line’s Playlist Production Shows (1,536 live shows mixed, 8 singers wearing wireless Countryman headsets, Shure ULXD1 mic packs + Sennheiser ew300 beltpack with Shure 215 IEMs)

Superstar Live with Carnival Cruise Line (2 singers, 2 hosts, 4 piece band)

Other - Board meetings, live morning shows and variety acts such as jugglers, magicians, hypnotists, ventriloquists; weddings & receptions; and miscellaneous parties, etc.


Public Speaking/Presenter/Performer

Acted as the main character in the stage show CLUE: The Murder Mystery Game for a 6 month run (1 show per week) at Carnival Cruise Line.

Public speaker for a 20 minute backstage behind the scenes presentation (1 per week) titled Behind the Fun Tour for guests at Carnival Cruise Line.


 

What Colleagues Say About Me

Handwritten Words About Me From My Supervisors

 

—Jaime Dee, Cruise Director

—Brittany Boyd, Entertainment Director


“Michael Martin was excellent in every way and kept our events running smoothly in his calm and consistently well-mannered way. He is a gem and we appreciate his assistance greatly.”

—Lynne Rogers, Edward Aldwell Professor of the Techniques of Music at Mannes School of Music: The New School


“At my request, Michael arrived early and was able to solve an unanticipated problem, thus making for a slick delivery by the guest presenter. She and I thanked him for his expert and friendly help...we appreciated what he had to offer. He provided exemplary service for the occasion.”

—George Fisher, Faculty, Techniques of Music at Mannes School of Music: The New School