Natalie is a theatre maker, producer, and arts administrator currently enrolled in the Master of Arts, Applied Theatre program at City University of New York (CUNY), School of Professional Studies. Her work centers around the practice of drama in non-traditional settings for education, community development, and the pursuit of social justice. Previously, she worked as a teaching artist with Marquis Studios, which serves over 150 New York City public schools, led devised theatre workshops with the Creative Arts Team Youth Theatre, facilitated community building workshops with youth detained on Rikers Island (#CLOSERikers), and produced convenings with Theatre Communications Group. Recently, Natalie presented at the national Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference, was selected for the Institute Summer Residency with Cornerstone Theater Company, and trained with the 2018 Teaching Artist Training Institute cohort, using arts education to connect with students on the autism spectrum. Internationally, she trained with the Theatre of the Oppressed group, “Formaat Werkplaats voor Participatief Drama,” affecting legislation in Rotterdam, Netherlands through participatory drama, and she led teachers-in-training at the College of Education in Kigali, Rwanda in using drama to stimulate active learning, collaboration, and dialogue around sexual harassment and domestic workers rights.
Natalie trained with Third Rail Repertory Company, the NHS Institute at Northwestern University, Interlochen Arts, and received Congressional and Vice Chancellors Excellence in Leadership Awards. She received a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Drama with Honors from Seattle University. She is a CUNY Ernesto Malave Scholar, and a proud Actors Equity Membership Candidate.