Martin, John Joseph
- Aanya Adler Friess
Martin, John Joseph (02 June 1893–19 May 1985), dance critic, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of William Joseph Martin, a railroad purchasing agent, and Cara Steinberg, a singer. In childhood, Martin studied violin and piano; he once recalled that he knew the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan before he knew his prayers. He considered becoming a musician but turned to theater, performing in amateur theatrics during high school and college. He studied classics at the University of Louisville and graduated at the age of eighteen. Martin began his professional career in the theater as an actor in the Chicago Little Theater from 1912 to 1915....