Reed has a BA in both Theater and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA in Acting from the University of California at San Diego.
Reed Martin is a Managing Partner of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, which he joined in 1989. He co-created and performed in the original stage productions of The Complete History of America (abridged), The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged), All The Great Books (abridged), and Completely Hollywood (abridged) - and contributed additional material to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
Reed has written for the BBC, NPR, Britain's Channel Four, RTE Ireland, Public Radio International, The Washington Post, and Vogue Magazine. With Austin Tichenor, he wrote the comic memoir The Greatest Story Ever Sold which was published by Westminster/John Knox Press, as well as Reduced Shakespeare which was published by Hyperion Press in 2006.
He has been seen on all the major television networks and has performed twice at the White House, as well as in forty-six states and eleven foreign countries, including New Jersey. Outside of his work with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Reed has directed productions at both Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Prior to joining the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Reed spent two years as a clown and assistant ringmaster with Ringling Brothers' Barnum & Bailey Circus where he spent two years frightening children and smelling of elephants.
Reed has a BA in both Theater and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA in Acting from the University of California at San Diego. He is also a graduate of Sonoma Valley High School, The Bill Kinnamon School of Professional Umpire Training, and Clown College. Reed has a strong belief that toilet paper should be fed over the top of the roll.