Martin is an award-winning screenwriter and actor. He has written seven feature length screenplays, several short stories and comedy sketches, an original TV pilot and a TV spec script. His original screenplay “Even Adam” took second place in the Harold Crain screenwriting competition at San Jose State University (SJSU). His spec for “The Big Bang Theory” advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Festival. He has collaborated with his writing partner Ivo Raza on four film projects. The duo are currently in pre-production of a feature length road trip comedy (“Rhymes With Wolf”). Martin is working on a web series (actor) "The Improv Complex" currently in production. He recently completed the 48 hour film project and two short films.
He has performed improv at BATS Improv in San Francisco, AIT, StageWerks and various other venues. He studied improv and acting at Second City in Chicago, First Take Acting School, Bay Area Acting School, BATS Improv, SJSU, and AIT. His writing education includes a certificate in Advanced Screenwriting from UCLA's Professional Program. He has studied at Stanford Continuing Studies, SJSU, Second City and taken various writing classes including Robert McKee’s Story, John Truby’s Structure, Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive, and David Freeman’s Beyond Structure.
Name: Martin Burke
Lives in: San Jose, California
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Content Creator and Filmmaker
Film (Short) Actor A famous motivational speaker is murdered on a TV set, and the killer must be one of the cast or crew.
Mr. Davenport Comes to Dinner
Film (Short, Comedy and Fantasy) Actor A woman with a magical secret takes matters into her own hands when her husband decides his horrible boss must be stopped.
Film (Short and Drama) Actor A thirteen year old boy struggles to get a hold of some alcohol.
Film (Short and Crime) Actor A helpless paramedic dons a vigilante mask to seek the killers of a young girl.
Seventeen Hours In
Film (Short, Comedy, Crime, Drama and 2 More) Actor After Liz receives news that she has breast cancer, she hooks up with Kevin, who is heartbroken because his girlfriend dumped him. They comfort each other and decide to explore a mutual fantasy. Then Kevin's girlfriend decides to come back. Written by Anonymous
Dreams on a String
Film (Short and Drama) Actor A curious balloon with the ability to reveal our inner dreams pays a call on an unproductive writer, an abused housewife, a neglected boy and others. Each of them is tempted toward change and empowerment, but will any of them act on it?
Bay Area Acting School
American Improv Theatre
Bay Area Theater Sports
Second City Training Center Chicago
UCLA Professional Programs in Screenwriting