Natalie Osborne
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Natalie Osborne

Natalie O.

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As a certified Immersive and Interactive Theatre performer, I can teach you not only the fundamentals of improvisation, but how to create your own unique characters! We'll experiment with how to work without a script and how to incorporate the audience into your scenes. Most importantly, we'll have fun exploring one of the oldest known theatrical art forms!

About Natalie O.

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be a part of your journey as a theatre creator. I'm a working professional actor and playwright based out of NYC . I've been a member of the Dramatists Guild of America for over five years. I have over ten years of experience in tutoring and childcare with students ranging from Kindergarten to High School. In 2015, I graduated from Bennington College with a BA in Drama and Anthropology, but I never stopped taking classes in order to improve my skills and learn new things (neither should you)! Biased on my experience moving between writing and acting, I understand the importance of building your confidence in your craft. I struggled with this during my school years and at the beginning of my career. This struggle almost led me away from performing entirely (thank god it didn't)! I want to be your guide towards building your craft and your voice so that you can be a confident theatre-maker! You have a story to tell, and a voice that needs to be heard, so let's make them hear you!

I started acting in Elementary School (perhaps the same as many of you!) I took part in school plays throughout Middle and High School, but by the time I entered College, my focus shifted to playwriting. I had several readings by professional theatre companies, including The Classic Theatre of Harlem, and ones I organized on my campus. I continued taking acting classes as well, since one of the keys to writing a good script is understanding the way actors and directors think. I studied Stanislavski, Jersey Grotowski, Viewpoints, Commedia del'Arte, Musical Theatre Performance, Devised Theatre, The Method, Brecht, Shakespeare, and took a class in audition preparation as well. Although i enjoyed acting, I never imagined I'd be able to pursue acting as a career.

After I graduated from Bennington College, I started my own Theatre Company, NOplays. Our mission is to promote and produce works by underrepresented artists in the American Theatre, specifically emerging female writers. We produced five festivals of new plays in collaboration with the 365 Women a Year Project. We also created a one-act devised performance piece titled The Masks of the Goddess. Although working as the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of NOplays was an incredibly rewarding artistic experience, it wasn't always a financially rewarding one. I found ways to supplement my income through working as a children's entertainer for private and corporate events. Through this, I fell in love with acting again. Particularly with acting for younger audiences and interactive theatre.

I decided to face my fears and insecurities, move to NYC, and pursue acting in earnest. I quickly found the wonderful world of interactive theatre and comedy improv! Since then, I've worked with the best interactive theatre companies in the country. This includes The North Pole Express, the number one interactive Christmas Experience aboard a moving locomotive in the country (these types of shows are actually much more popular than you would think!) Other credits include the Wyldwood Players, the premier interactive improv troop in the country, and Liarsville Gold Rush Camp in Skagway, Alaska.

That's been my journey so far, but now I want to hear about yours! What are your goals? What do you want to learn? How can I help you navigate this challenging time we're all in as performing artists?

**Lesson details**
We'll start with a basic warm-up for your voice, body, and breath. Next, will move on to specific acting exercises custom tailored to you or your child's needs, interests, and experience level. We'll end by reviewing the next steps needed in order to improve what we covered in class, a cool-down, and a high-five!

**Equipment**
I have a large collection of plays, and books on acting techniques, as well as access to the HowlRound New Play Exchange, the largest online database of new works.

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Tess
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Natalie is fantastic! Helpful, thorough, responsive and patient with our budding young prospective actor.

Posted Sep 3, 2020
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Lauren
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I had a great first lesson with Natalie and I can't wait for the next one!

Posted Aug 13, 2020
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Seth & family G.
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Excellent teacher!

Posted Aug 6, 2020
Alexandra A.
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Natalie is very kind and caring, gives constructive criticism without making you feel bad. She is always positive and sends positive encouragement for her students. I look forward to working with her again and highly recommend her :)

Posted Jul 29, 2020
katelyn
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Natalie is really sweet and made me feel safe! Great for beginners

Posted Jul 3, 2020
Leighton Wenzel
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So I chose Natalie just to have fun with acting but then I saw how fun it was to act with her. I would like to act in movies when I grow up. BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER!!!

Posted Jun 12, 2020
Kenny T.
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Natalie's great!

Posted Jun 9, 2020
Joseph
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Natalie is an excellent actor.

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Antonio
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Outstanding teacher! And such great work ethic!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Alex
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She has the patience of a saint and the passion of a generation. She’s also AMAZING WITH PUBLICITY!!! A real treasure, I’ve learned so much from her already. You have a dumb idea and have no idea how to turn it into a play? She is your gal!!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Karen
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Natalie is a great teacher! She has lots of patience and is particularly good with children.

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Moriah
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Natalie’s a great acting teacher! She’s very good at giving feedback to strengthen your weak areas and giving support for auditions. Whatever your acting goals are, she’ll definitely help you get there (local theatre audition? improv show? renaissance fest? shes got you!). And best of all, she’s just very fun. I have always left my time with her feeling stronger as an actor.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Anthony
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We couldn't recommend Natalie more highly for creative writing and performing arts classes. She is smart, very creative, patient, and she loves kids. She did a wonderful job discovering our children's interests and helping them develop creatively through story, art, and play.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Daniela
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Natalie is a creative, energetic and fun teacher! Both of our kids have opened up new worlds with their imaginations and learned about character creation with Natalie. Highly recommend taking a class with her.

Posted Mar 23, 2020

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Experience

Author
Jun 2016 - Present

Performer's Stuff

My monologues are currently published on the platform, and have been ranked as two of the most popular pieces for young female performers.

Artistic Director and Executive Producer
Mar 2016 - Present

NOplays Theatre

NOplays's mission is to produce and promote works by underrepresented artists in the American Theatre, specifically emerging female writers.

The North Pole Express
Oct 2019 - Jan 2020

Essex Steam Train

A heartfelt, interactive musical theatre experience, guests traveled to the North Pole aboard a moving steam train while being treated to stories, songs, and games by residents of The North Pole. The North Pole Express was ranked the number one show of it's kind in the country.

Wyldwood Player
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Sterling Renaissance Festival

The premier interactive theatre troop in the country, we bring the town of Warwickshire to life through our interactive shows and street theatre.

Liarsville Gold Rush Camp
May 2018 - Sep 2018

Alaska Travel Adventures

Our troop brought the historical site of the Liarsville Gold Rush camp back to life with interactive street theatre, gold panning demonstrations, and a full vaudeville style show featuring songs and stories from the 1800s.

Actor/Resident Artist
May 2016 - May 2018

Kaleidoscope Art and Entertainment

Performed as various characters for children of all ages at private parties and corporate events. Structured activities for children based on their ages and needs.

Season of the Witch
Oct 2017 - Oct 2017

Leela NYC Theatre Festival

This play was produced as part of the Play in a Day Festival

Dragon Rider Visits Vermont
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

OtherWorld Theatre

This play was produced as part of the Paragon Festival of new works.

The Legend of S. T.
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017

NOplays Theatre

This play was produced as part of the HERSTORY Festival of new works.

K.C. Reporting
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017

NOplays Theatre

This play was produced as part of the HERSTORY Festival of new works.

My Monster and Me
Jun 2015 - Jun 2015

Theatre @ First

This play was produced as part of the Fractured Fairytales Festival.

Playwriting Mentor
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

Girl's Write Playwriting Program, GALS, Denver

Mentored girls ages 11-14 in the craft of writing for the stage. Some of the students work was featured as part of the Athena Project Festival and performed at the Denver Center of Performing Arts.

Volunteer Teacher
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014

Kattaikkuttu Gurukalam Theatre School

Taught English, reading, and theatre skills to students at the Gurukalam. The school was located in Punjarasantankal, Tamil Nadu, India.

Education

Interactive and Immersive Theatre Certified
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Drama and Anthropology
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015

Bennington College

Lead America Leadership Conference Theatre
Jul 2011 - Jul 2011

Fordham University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Interactive and Immersive Theatre Performer
Aug 2019

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Awards

TELOS Grant for the Advancement of Public Action
Nov 2013

Bennington College

Elizabeth Callahan Holzwarth Memorial Scholarship for Writing
Jun 2011

Joseph A Foran High School

Brockway Faculty Scholarship
May 2011

Bennington College

ACIM Greater New Haven Woman's Division Award for Artistic Merit
Apr 2011

American Committee on Italian Migrants

Affiliations

Dramatists Guild, The
Jun 2015
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.

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