Martha Elizabeth Benson was born in Lansing, Michigan on June 15, 1991. She grew up in Eugene, Oregon and attended Roosevelt Middle School where she was considered "too shy" to be cast in the school plays. After unsuccessfully auditioning for every show for three years, Martha decided that theater wasn't her thing.
Due to a clerical error, Martha was placed in a beginning acting course during her freshman year at South Eugene High School. It was there that Martha worked doggedly to overcome her shyness. Her persistence resulted in being cast in her first show: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and went on to perform in nine plays during her high school career. Martha graduated in 2009.
Martha made her professional debut in 2009 as Puppeteer in SHIPWRECKED: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT at the Oregon Contemporary Theater. She spent the year performing community theater in Eugene, Oregon.
Martha then moved to New York to study theater at Adelphi University. While there, she performed in twelve plays from 2010- 2014 including Ophelia in HAMLET, and lead roles in OLEANNA and THE LIVING NEWSPAPER.
While a student at Adelphi University, Martha was selected as one of twelve regional finalists in the 2012 Irene Ryan Acting competition. She was nominated again in 2013 and competed in February 2014.
In 2012, Martha studied classical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 2013, she had the pleasure to return to the U.K. to participate in B.A.D.A.'s Midsummer in Oxford Shakespeare Masterclass, studying under John Barton, Jane Lapotaire, Fiona Shaw, James Bundy, Irina Brown, and P.F. James.
Martha graduated from Adelphi University with her B.F.A. in Acting May 2014. She is now living and working in New York City.