Martha Williams took the circuitous route to her current state of prolific and ravenous art-making. She started by throwing elbows on the basketball court in college and overseas. Then she did an unlikely 360° after college, she started dancing professionally. By 2005, Ms. Williams had made Dance Magazine and acted in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. That’s when her gaze turned toward film. Seeing Saburo Teshigawra’s Bones in the Pages, she realized she leaned more toward images than kinesthetics. In 2007 she completed her first film work, Broken Rose Portal, which toured international festivals. And after staging her last full-length evening dance work in 2008 at the Joyce SoHo, Martha ventured to CalArts for an MFA in Film Directing. There she wrote and directed 10 short films and finished writing a feature script. She’s now back in New York, hosting a live story-telling series called The BugHouse SPIN, developing several personal projects, as well as working as a Creative Director for NeuroLeadership.