Actor  .  Writer  .  Producer

Born and raised in Lisbon

“The best and most human parts of me are those i have inhabited and hidden from the world. I will work on it. I will raise my voice. I will be heard.”


Diogo is one of the proud Co-Artistic directors of Saudade Theatre, the only theatre company based in the United States solely devoted to the production of Portuguese works.

Diogo Martins was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. His gypsy soul and artistic aspirations brought him to New York where he has resided for over 10 years. He holds a MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School. Diogo is one of the proud Co-Artistic directors of Saudade Theatre, the only theatre company based in the United States solely devoted to the production of Portuguese works. He is also an original member of the Actors Theatre of New York and a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Intensive Ensemble 2014. Theatre Credits include: The Constitution (Under St. Marks, American premiere), Tennessee on the Hudson (The Box Theater), The Accident (The Kraine Theater, winner of the Best Drama Award at The Frigid Festival 2015), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Gibney Theater), to name a few. Besides his work in theatre, Diogo has been involved in a number of independent short films and has lent his voice to a series of other projects, most notably the audiobook version of José Saramago’s “Skylight”.

Film &

“Chance Encounters“
Role: Carlos (lead)
Studio: GAFFVisuals
Director: Guilherme Fernandes
“The Traveler“
Role: Ivo (lead)
Studio: GAFFVisuals
Director: Guilherme Fernandes
“Excuse Me Lisbon“
Role: Martins (supporting)
Studio: Dutch Kills Production
Director: Guilherme Fernandes


Rola: Narrator
Human Eyes
Director: Guilherme Ribeiro
Role: Narrator
Studio: Human Eyes
Director: Guilherme Ribeiro
“SKYLIGHT (Audiobook)“
Role: Narrator
Studio: Audible Studios


“The Constitution“
Role: Diogo
Theatre: Under St. Marks
Director: Jill DeArmon

“Tennessee on the Hudson“
Role: Moony
Theatre: The Box Theatre
Director: Salvatore Inzerillo

“I’m Dreaming (But Am I)“
Role: Multiple Roles
Theatre: The Cherry Lane Studio
Director: Pedro Marnoto Pereira
Role: Journalist
Theatre: The Kraine Theater
Director: Courtney Wetzel

“Gruesome Playground Injuries“
Role: Doug
Theatre: Gibney Theatre
Director: Jessica Shechter
Role: Loud Stone
Theatre: Gibney Theatre
Director: Nicholas Kowerko

Role: Boris
Theatre: Manhattan Repertory Theatre
Director: Grant Harris


Character: Diogo
Theatre: Anthony Meindl Workshop Theatre, LA
Director: Mickäel de Oliveira

Character: Oswald
Theatre: SBU Main Stage
Director: Michael Zelenak
“Dead Man’s Cellphone“
Character: Gordon
Theatre: SBU Main Stage
Director: Deb Mayo

Character: Man
Studio: The Staller Center
Director: Deborah Mayo


Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University; NYC
BA – Cinema Studies and Theatre Arts, Stony Brook University

Jacqueline Knapp, Elizabeth Kemp, Susan Aston

Louis Colaianni

Robin Christian, Craig Bacon, Corinna May, Louis Colaianni, Robert Serrell
Michael Billingsley, David Frank

Lee Brock

Labyrinth Theatre Company Intensive Ensemble 2014
Saudade Theatre – Co-Artistic Director
The Actors Theatre of NewYork, Original Company Member

*Best Drama Award at The Frigid Festival NY 2015
Fluent: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Accents: French, American Standard, Standard British, Cockney, Irish, Italian, Russian

Driver’s License, USA Permanent Resident (Greencard Holder), Tennis, Soccer, Horse Back Riding, Skiing, Spoken Word, Whistling, Singing (Baritone), spits a mean Portuguese freestyle.




Saudade Theatre

Founded in 2014, we are the first theatre company in the United States devoted to celebrating the Portuguese voice and experience.​

We explore the politics of love, compassion, and revolution through the lens of the Portuguese consciousness.
[n.] a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is characteristic of the Portuguese.

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Saudade Theatre is about embracing the Portuguese experience and community in New York City.

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Saudade Theatre presents a co-production with Colectivo 84  

A World Premiere

Playwright & Director Mickaël de Oliveira
Translated by Maria Inês Marques
Produced by Vanessa Varela, Filipe Valle Costa & Diogo Martins
Assistant Director Filipe Valle Costa
Original Music by Drum & Lace
The story of my brother's suicide is all we have left. A story told by those who live. My parents used to say that he was ill, weak, that a part of his spirit just wasted away. No one ever really understood his suicide, he himself used to say that he had it all. Besides, everyone knew his remarkable intelligence and talent to perform, which was his favorite thing in life. Our family changed after his death. I, for one, went back home and ended up staying, because my parents asked me to help them decipher his last email to us, moments before he gave in to death. Besides explaining his reasons, he also described, in great detail, the whole process, in a message whose title read: My Favorite Suicide.
October 18, 2019 at 8 PM
October 19, 2019 at 8 PM
October 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM 
October 25, 2019 at 8 PM
October 26, 2019 at 8 PM
October 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM     
November 1, 2019 at 8 PM
November 2, 2019 at 8 PM
November 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM

* House opens 15 minutes prior to showtime. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.