Natalie’s areas of exploration include healing through somatic therapies, development of the imagination through body work, creative arts therapies, performance, intimacy choreography, directing and the creation of original theatre work. She enjoys synthesizing all of her areas of study and practice to coach others to live rich and vibrant lives, free from blocks and trauma trapped in the body. Natalie is a certified coach in the Body Wisdom Academy’s Subtle Body Method (TM). She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville, IN and an M.F.A in Acting from the University of California, San Diego. She is certified in the Michael Chekhov acting technique as well as a level II Reiki practitioner. Her study at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles under Pam Dunne and with MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) in the psycho-physical approach to acting has deeply influenced her work as an artist, instructor and healer.

           Natalie has worked as an actor, director and intimacy choreographer in many of the top theaters and training programs across the country. Some of the theaters she has performed in include Lincoln Center Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the La Jolla Playhouse. A recent example of original performance work is her solo piece Bicycle Face performed at the International Michael Chekhov Festival which explores the social construct of the feminine as a pathological condition. She has enjoyed academic appointments at Penn State University and UCSD in their undergraduate and graduate theatre programs as well as led wellness retreats and workshops across the country.

            Natalie is committed to developing practices that empower others to lead vibrant lives and is a life-long student of the healing arts. Her experiences as a coach, performer, director, artist, educator, and mother fill her passion for championing the imagination and creative spirit in others.