Kalob Martinez is an actor who combined his professional interests in stage combat and voice acting and found puppetry. His solo show, “El Beto”, stands as the culmination of his theatrical endeavors in puppet arts, and in 2019 he received a Jim Henson Foundation grant for this show. He is currently an associate artist and ensemble member of Sandglass Theater’s, “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees”, and plays the Hippo in Sandglass' virtual production for young audiences of "Rock the Boat". He voiced and served as the puppeteer for Arthur Fiedler twice with the Boston Pops as narrator for “Peter and the Wolf” and “A Visit from St. Nick”. He is currently a Company Artist for the Classical Theatre Company (CTC) in Houston,TX, and for five seasons (2008-2013) he was an Associate Artist. In 2020 his work for CTC’s “Peer Gynt” was awarded Best Use of Puppetry by the Houston Press Theatre Awards. He has performed as the mascot, Buster Brackets and Fantasy Frank, for the "Tournament Marathon Challenge" (2017-2019) and the "Fantasy Football Marathon" (2018) both on ESPN. He also assisted in the puppet build for "The Fantasy Show" hosted by fantasy football analyst, Matt Berry, on ESPN Plus. Martinez is also a seasoned voice over actor for the English versions of Anime, the most popular titles include, “No 6”, “The Place Promised in Our Early Days”, “Halo Legends”, “Bodacious Space Pirates”, and “Starship Troopers: Invasion”.
BA Acting, University of Houston. MFA Puppet Arts, University of Connecticut. Advanced Actor/Combatant, Society of American Fight Directors.