Natalie received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville and her MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego. She was also a company member of the Carolina Ballet for four years. She has performed in theaters in New York, California, and regional theaters across the country. Some of her favorite credits include, Dinner at Eight at Lincoln Center, Amadeus and The Importance of Being Earnest at Indiana Repertory, Kean at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the premiere of Dogeaters at the LaJolla Playhouse. After years in New York City she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development for the Sundance Institute and was the Managing Director of A Working Group, a professional studio for actors in film, television, and theater. In addition, she studied at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles under Pam Dunne. Her study with MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) in the psycho-physical approach to acting under master teachers Joanna Merlin, Fern Sloan, Ted Pugh, Ragnar Freidank, and Lenard Petit has deeply influenced her teaching. She uses this work with classical text, theatre for social justice and new and devised work. Recent examples are student works for Cultural Conversations for Global Health at Penn State University, the Every 28 Hours Project and her solo piece Bicycle Face. Her experiences as an actor, dancer, artist and mother fill her passion for championing the imagination and creative spirit in others.