Martina Francesca Pavone Özdemir
Passion, Energy, Impact & Collaboration.
Martina Pavone is a Passionate, Energetic and Eclectic Italian Woman, expatriated in Istanbul in 2013, who loves to communicate with people, touch them in deep with her work, inspire them, raise their voice and empower them in order to make a difference in the world.
With a very accurate education in music and theater since she was 3 years old, she never stopped to explore the potential of performing arts, not just as entertainment but especially as a communication tool in order to explore personal development and a deep social impact on society. That’s why you can find her performing in theaters or concert halls as well as training the top managers of an important bank or empowering some woman’s life.
Martina as a performer
As a performer she goes around Europe singing with her choirs and orchestras or acting in musical productions or international improvisation festivals. She is currently presenter of the format “What can I do sometimes? Sketches in the kitchen for BKM Mutfak. At the same time she is the director of Istanbul International A cappella Choir and she works with the famous pianist and composer Eser Taşkıran for different projects around Turkey. She is also specialized in Improvisation and vocal Improvisation and she collaborates with different companies (Luza&Pavone, AZOT Impro, Assetto Teatro, Sabir, Teatribu, Arlekin Theater etc..) all over Europe for shows and festivals.
She is currently the only specialized in vocal improvisation and circle singing all over Turkey.
With the project SABIR in collaboration with AZOT (Turkey), Assetto Teatro (Italy) and Planeta Impro (Spain) she is working on the role of improvisation as a tool for intercultural communication for Mediterranean countries, creating cultural and linguistic bridges in order to connect people in a moment where it’s better to work on common points instead of differences and just trying to look at ourselves as human beings.
She created a special program called #improvvocal for improvisational actors and she goes around the world with it trying to share this innovative way to tell stories using a special use of a cappella voices in the most emotional way possible.
“Martina’s workshop should be mandatory for every improviser” Rod Ben Zeev.
Martina as a trainer
As a trainer she started teaching when she was just sixteen years old, at the beginning just as an assistant but soon becoming a proper music and theater teacher. During all these years she worked for children from 2 years old, primary school children, middle schoolers, teenagers and adults as well.
In the last eight years she became a trainer as well thanks to the fortunate professional collaboration with Professor Montefusco (Bocconi, Sant’Anna, LUISS etc..) who taught to her everything from the Management and Business side: managing the change, leaderships, group behaviour. She assisted him in the class for many different training programs and together they established a special method to include Applied Improvisation technique in the work with managers exploring the big impact that this had on their life and their productivity at work. With the time this became an original method itself: Let’s Improv to Improve – Improvisation in life, Improvisation in Business.
Together with Valentina Elmetti she designed Improv Italian a method to learn Italian through Improvisation for children or adults. Currently they are bringing it around and preparing academic materials about it as well.
Martina as a coach
Martina in the past 3 years designed her own coaching method covering areas like communication or women’s empowerment (WonderFULL Women – Women with Superpowers). She facilitate people who wants to explore communicational skills, interpersonal communication, public speaking, conflicts, vocal training, self confidence, leadership, relationships and personal realization.
Martina as a social entrepreneur and a Feminist Community Leader
In 2013 she cofounded Onar Istanbul, a turkish NGO who fights gender based violence and works for women’s empowerment. Through this organization Martina pushes the modern concept of feminism in a more inclusive and integrative way working together with men and every other gender, pushing on measurable impact and practical support to women in every areas of their life. Women who support other women, more than solidarity, collaboration, network and endorsement. With Onar Istanbul she realized many different projects in collaboration with Universities, other NGOs or foundations or companies. She is also the Artistic Director of Raise your Woice Festival – Empower Women, Empower the World realized with BAU University.
Through Onar Istanbul she is a speaker for different conferences and meetings trying to inspire and involve more and more people in the cause. She is also a trainer for the educational department teaching about Gender Integration, Bullysm, Women’s Empowerment, GBV, Intercultural Communication etc…
Through Onar Istanbul Martina is coaching and mentoring many girls to achieve their best potential.
Martina was CEO of QuindiQuando for 9 years, a socio-cultural NGO in Milano and now she is also part of the board of Circolo Roma Istanbul, and NGO that promotes italian culture through different cultural activities.