59 Days in New York Hits Goal on Kickstarter

59 Days in New York, a new musical comedy for online audiences, has surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $8,700 and is going for the stretch.

With the campaign ending on March 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm, the new musical is building momentum and has pledges totaling over $10,000. Continue reading

Pine View Grad Shares Her Story in Web Series

In many ways, May-Elise Martinsen is living the dream of countless other young actors trying to find their way in New York.

But rather than just wait for the next audition or job prospect, the 23-year-old Pine View graduate has been using her time to tell a variation of her own story in a new web series she calls “59 Days in New York.” Continue reading

I’m Living in Amy’s World

May-Elise Martinsen’s parents would tell you she’s been singing since she could talk. Born in Oslo, Norway, Martinsen, 23, didn’t seriously consider music until she moved to Sarasota, Florida in fifth grade. Her mother encouraged her to audition for “The King and I.” After being cast, she realized her love for musicals.

Years later, in a small Brooklyn apartment, love has remained. Continue reading

An Interview with May-Elise Martinsen

So you move to the big city. You’re an aspiring theatre artist, determined and wide-eyed, ready to make New York your own. What do you do? How do you get started? For Amy, the protagonist of the new webseries 59 Days in New York, you keep a musical video diary.

But something similar can be said of May-Elise Martinsen, the writer, composer, and star of 59 Days in New York. Continue reading

Senior Profile from Wellesley College

May-Elise studied vocal performance and majored in music at Wellesley. She began creating her own compositions during her sophomore year. For her thesis project, she composed a musical production about a historical medieval queen. Continue reading

Pine View Student Releases CD to Benefit Children with Autism

At 17, May-Elise Martinsen has found her voice — and she is singing for those who may not have one. Continue reading