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Marten
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Marten
Marten Schmidt
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Summary

21-years-old Marten was born and raised in Austria, where he works as a playwright and actor. Since 2017 he lives in Jakarta, where he explores his intercultural roots.

Motivation

Learning a language means learning new different vibes, on how to interact verbally. For Marten, chattering in an other language also means to be confident in an other language's humor. And at Polyglot Indonesia's gatherings you would definitely come across many humorous people and you wouldn't get bored hearing a joke several times - because it's always in an other language. 

Biography

Marten grew up between snowy mountains and endless forests in rural parts of Austria. His parents are of Indonesian, Austrian and Hungarian descent. Marten is an Austrian-Indonesian actor and playwright. Beginning as a child actor at the age of 10, his first credited theatre roles brought him to many theatre houses in German-speaking countries. Five years later, at the age of 15 he was featured by the Austrian Ministry of Arts as one of the best young local talents. At the age of 16 he debuted as a writer in Cologne, Germany. At the age of 17 his first long theatre text premiered in Austria, dealing with the problems of a bicultural teenager, written in a semi-biographical way. Interculturalism is a red thread throughout his later projects too. At the age of 18 he was invited as the youngest nominee of all times to an international playwright-festival with a text about Indonesia, mentored by one of Europe's most successful contemporary playwrights. Later notable theatre texts from him were showcased at theatre festivals around Europe. Marten studied acting and dancing in Vienna, Austria. In Austria he is strongly vocal on stage, in artist talks and television about multiculturalism and therefore his Indonesian roots and heritage.

Since 2017 he lives in Jakarta for his first time. Since living in Jakarta, he devotes his time for charitable causes such as supporting the education for children of less fortunate backgrounds. He came across thousands of Indonesian students in educational workshops and teaching programs. In Jakarta, he continued working as a remote playwright, writing theatre plays for European audiences - in the unintended circumstances of writing texts with Indonesian story lines in Indonesia for European audiences only.

Marten speaks German, Indonesian and English. He loves skateboarding, basketball and he still loves pranking friends.

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