Natalie creates a safe and trusting rehearsal space that promotes creativity, risk taking and collaboration. She has developed a rehearsal process that creates united and bonded ensembles with especially strong connections to the play and creative work.
Natalie’s rehearsal process always begins with Viewpoints training and ensemble building, creating a shared theatrical language and movement aesthetic. Heavy focus, during this period, is placed on unison action work, using “soft focus,” exploration of tempo, extreme use of repetition and duration, hyper awareness of spacial relationships and kinesthetic response. This work is done in conjunction with group historical research, script discussions and each actors’ personal character work.
Once the ensemble has a strong understanding of the Viewpoints, the rehearsal process shifts to physical character building through behavioral gesture and shape work. The play’s themes and large issues are explored physically through group Composition work, which in some cases develops into actual moments within the play. The world of the play is explored and solidified during this time.
The final stage of the rehearsal process is bringing the world of the play to life through staging and movement vignettes.
"You cannot create results. You can only create conditions in which something might happen." -Anne Bogart