Martha Bolton is a prolific author of 88 books, an Emmy nominee (Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics, 1988), a Dove Award nominee (Children's Musical, 1999), and a "with" author on three New York Times bestselling books. She was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award for her work on the Emmy-winning Bob Hope--The First Ninety Years. Martha was Bob's first full-time female staff writer and wrote for his television specials - over 30 hours of prime-time programming and fifteen years of his personal appearances and special events. As a staff writer for Bob Hope, Martha had the opportunity to write for a virtual Who's Who of entertainment and politics. Martha also wrote for Phyllis Diller for many years, crediting Phyllis and Bob Hope writer Gene Perret for launching her Hollywood writing career.
Martha has also written for many Christian comedians such as Mark Lowry (including parodies and co-writing his Piper the Hyper Mouse series), Chonda Pierce, Jeff Allen, and numerous others.
Martha's stage work includes writing the script for The Confession, a musical based on Beverly Lewis' best-selling Confession trilogy. The Confession, which premiered at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana in 2010, has had over 1,000 performances to date. Martha (along with director/composer Wally Nason) also wrote Half-Stitched, based on Wanda Brunstetter's bestselling book, The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club. In 2014, Martha's script for Josiah for President, another hit musical based on her novel of the same name and published by Harper-Collins/Zondervan, was adapted for the stage by Martha, Wally Nason and Dan Posthuma and brought to life at all 3 of our venues in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Martha also served as author and playwright for Blue Gate Musicals home run of a hit, The Home Game, that premiered at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, IN in 2016. She and writing partner Wally Nason wrote the hit holiday comedy, Our Christmas Dinner, which premiered in Shipshewana in 2015 and played in all three cities in 2016. In 2017, a second holiday show was added to Martha and Wally's list of collaborative creations: a hilariously heart-warming story called Christmas in Paradise. Stolen premiered at the Blue Gate Theatre in Indiana in summer of 2018 and is wowing audiences. Based off of Wanda Brunstetter's Daughters of Lancaster County series, Martha wrote the script and adapted this intriguing story of a 20-year-old kidnapping mystery for the stage and Wally Nason wrote the score.
She continues to create fun, engaging, intense, entertaining and hilarious musicals for Blue Gate including A Simple Sanctuary, Christmas Tree Ship, and currently in production... Our Plain & Simple Life and Dear Solider Boys with more in the works.
She is married to Russ, her high school sweetheart and a retired Los Angeles police sergeant. They are blessed to be the parents of three sons (two adopted and one biological) and are abundantly blessed to be the "Paka" and "Nana" to seven, including a set of twins, and "Great Paka" and "Great Nana" to one.