Martha Stuckey creates original material inspired by ancient stories, the vibrancy of the moment, and sublime transformation. Stuckey is a trained, classical soprano, a reformed theater kid, and a gigging funk/R&B singer. All things considered, she makes music and performances that ache, flirt, and dare.
Most recently, Stuckey produced and performed the world premiere of the original work, Due to the Sensitive Nature, commissioned by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In Due To The Sensitive Nature, Martha Stuckey recounts moments of pleasurable pain and painful pleasure with hilarity, vulnerability, and secret sharing. Haunting and hostile, Martha's voice soars as she sings folk melodies cut with 80's pop synth alongside the unearthly sounds of steel guitar. The piece will be soon be produced for new audiences.
Billy Penn named Stuckey a "young professional creating the new Philadelphia sound." Her music has been featured on NPR's Sound Opinions and on WXPN's The Key. She is also touring THE SABBATICAL, the critically acclaimed piece collaboratively devised while receiving her MFA in Devised Performance from the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and the University of the Arts.
Stuckey's cabaret character, Red 40, was in residency at FringeArts from 2014-16. In 2015, Ars Nova Theater selected Red 40 to perform at Showgasm and ANTFest. In 2016, Red 40 released the album SHE'S KEEN TO FEED. Red 40's musical, THE BEST SONGS YOU EVER HEARD SHOW, has been developed at FringeArts and produced by the University of the Arts in 2017. Red 40 has played at Frankly Bradley's, the Trocadero, Johnny Brenda’s, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a sold-out Union Transfer, and many more Philadelphia stages.
Stuckey also devises and performs with Pig Iron Theater Company (PAY UP, 99 BREAKUPS), SwimPony (THE END Game), Mural & The Mint (CLOSE MUSIC FOR BODIES), Cynthia Hopkins (REQUIEM FOR FIVE SHOWS), Lightning Rod Special (HACKLES), and The Bearded Ladies (MOMMY QUEEREST, GET PEGGED).