WHO WE ARE
Natalie Stringer (Founding Artistic Director) is a theatre maker, producer, writer, and arts administrator. Currently, she serves as the Director for Artistic and Intellectual Planning at six luxury senior living communities around the country. Recently, she worked with Shop Floor Theatre Company, an arts-in-education company in Flint as a Programs and Grant consultant. Before that, she acted as the Program and Development Manager for Global Arts Corps, an international community of professional artists, and produced the U.S. premiere of “See You Yesterday” with the Cambodian Youth Circus, in which a cast of young artists reconstructed personal and civic histories from a legacy of genocide by connecting with elders, confronting their past with empathy and courage, and transforming hardship into a creative phenomenon within their own society.
Natalie's work centers around the practice of drama in non-traditional settings for personal, professional, and community development. Recent engagements include: facilitation of leadership workshops at Hostos Community College in the Bronx; devising workshops with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice; presentations at the national Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference; selection into the cohort for the Institute Summer Residency with Cornerstone Theater Company; and trainings with the Teaching Artist Training Institute, using arts education to connect with students on the autism spectrum in Staten Island. She is also the playwright, director, and producer of the original play "Gunpowder," which sold out the FailSafe Festival in NYC, and which centered on pioneering burlesque and vaudeville women of the American West.
Internationally, she has trained with the “Theatre of the Oppressed” group, Formaat Werkplaats voor Participatief Drama, affecting legislation in Rotterdam, Netherlands through participatory drama, and Stringer 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. In fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Applied Theatre to The City University of New York, School of Professional Studies, she completed her thesis on applied theatre as a methodology through which to explore the relationships between identity and values in food justice work. 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. Natalie trained with Third Rail Repertory Company, the NHS Institute at Northwestern University, Interlochen Arts, and received Congressional and Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Leadership Awards.
A native Oregonian, she finds peace in the misty wilderness of forests, mountains, and rivers.
Natalie Stringer is an actor, singer, teaching artist, and arts administrator, currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts, Applied Theatre program at the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies. Recent projects included the world première of “Pooka” at The Tank, which tackled bullying and domestic abuse, in partnership with students at the United Nations International School, and a devised piece examining the influential lives of Henry the VIII’s queens, in a project supported by the Barton Booth MAKE ROOM Residency program on Governors Island, celebrating women in politics. Other notable credits include Susan in “bobrauschenbergamerica,” Li'l Bit in “How I Learned to Drive,” Helga/Orchestra in “Cabaret,” Flaemmchen in “Grand Hotel,” numerous readings with Pulse Ensemble Theatre and two seasons improvised musical productions with Action/Adventure Theatre. She has also sung professionally with the TriTones in the Pacific Northwest and the Danny California Blues All-Stars in Bangkok. In the applied theatre field, she has co-facilitated workshops to build community with incarcerated teenage boys held on Rikers Island, conducted drama trainings and playbuilding in Rwanda with teachers-in-training at the University of Rwanda, College of Education, and presented Forum Theatre at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in PA. Natalie received a B.A. in International Studies, and a B.A. in Drama with Honors from Seattle University, produced convenings with Theatre Communications Group, trained and produced theatre with Third Rail Repertory Company, Artists Repertory Theatre, the NHS Institute at Northwestern University, received the Fine Arts Award from Interlochen Arts, and is an Equity Membership Candidate.