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Natalie O.
Brooklyn, New York
Build Confidence in Your Imagination and Comedic Timing with a Seasoned Improv Actor
Are dreaming of working on SNL, want to improv your skills going off the cuff, or just looking to sharpen your social interactions? 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 and scenes! We'll go over the basic ideas and structures for improv, from Yes And to Game Play to building unique relationships between characters. 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. Now that we can finally see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there's never been a better time to hone your skills or learn some new ones, and finally reach for your dreams. 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. 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)! Based 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 goodness 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. 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. Recently, a play I co-wrote and co-starred in titled Story Gauntlet: Love, Death, and Wallpaper, received an award at the Portfringe Festival and was invited to perform in the Reyjavik Festival this upcoming summer. Other credits include The North Pole Express, the number one interactive Christmas Experience aboard a moving locomotive, 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 and prepare to live your best post-pandemic life? **Lesson details** We'll start with a basic warm-up for your voice, body, and breath. Next, we'll 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.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

Interactive and Immersive Theatre Certified

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, Italian

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Natalie O.
Brooklyn, New York
Build Confidence in Your Imagination and Comedic Timing with a Seasoned Improv Actor
Are dreaming of working on SNL, want to improv your skills going off the cuff, or just looking to sharpen your social interactions? 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 and scenes! We'll go over the basic ideas and structures for improv, from Yes And to Game Play to building unique relationships between characters. 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. Now that we can finally see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there's never been a better time to hone your skills or learn some new ones, and finally reach for your dreams. 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. 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)! Based 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 goodness 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. 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. Recently, a play I co-wrote and co-starred in titled Story Gauntlet: Love, Death, and Wallpaper, received an award at the Portfringe Festival and was invited to perform in the Reyjavik Festival this upcoming summer. Other credits include The North Pole Express, the number one interactive Christmas Experience aboard a moving locomotive, 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 and prepare to live your best post-pandemic life? **Lesson details** We'll start with a basic warm-up for your voice, body, and breath. Next, we'll 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.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

Interactive and Immersive Theatre Certified

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English, Italian

Speaks

Has background check

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Natalie is a gifted teacher (and this is coming from someone who taught and evaluated teachers). She's upbeat, creative, prepared and encouraging. Each lesson builds on previous content taught and she makes sure it's always fun! She loves improv and it shows!

Posted Mar 10, 2022
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Natalie is an excellent teacher! Lots of wonderful positive energy!

Posted Jan 18, 2022
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Very energetic and good with kids!

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Principal Member
May 2022 - Present
Eight is Never Enough
Currently performing at the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square with the hit improv troop Eight Is Never Enough
Author and Narrator
Apr 2020 - Present
Anise's Story
My play Anise's Story was published last year, and I'm currently in the process of releasing my first audiobook based off of the ebook. Anise's Story will be available later this spring.
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.
Wyldwood Player
Jun 2021 - Aug 2021
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.
Story Gauntlet Member
Apr 2021 - Jun 2021
Chimera Theatre Collective
Winner of the Reykavik Award at the 2021 Portfringe Festival. An improvisational group creating work through a telephone style game of video narration, where one story is told by each member of the group, but the person telling the story can only see the video of the actor who went before them. The final presentation is all of the videos put together, in which the audience and the performers can see how much the story changed.
Rites of Spring
Mar 2021 - Mar 2021
Rising Sun Performance Group
A short play festival themed around springtime. Performed the character of Daphne in the play The Year of the Fall of May, written by Susan Goodell. The performance was live-streamed on youtube and featured in BroadwayWorld.com.
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.
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.
K.C. Reporting
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017
NOplays Theatre
This play was produced as part of the HERSTORY 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.
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.
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.
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Interactive and Immersive Theatre Performer
Aug 2019
Sterling Renaissance Festival
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
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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Instructor details
Improv Acting
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$35
45 minutes
$46
60 minutes
$60
90 minutes
$87
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30