Natasha is currently back in London after two premiers in Berlin at the end of 2017.
She most recently opened a show for the KILN Theatre (formally known as the Tricycle) called A ColOURful World which was a devised performance by Willsden Green Young Persons Company and looked at the theme of modern day segregation.
She is currently in rehearsals for her new show at The Young Vic in London. This is a dance theatre immersive and interactive devised show for children with SEND (special education needs and disabilities) in response to the award winning musical, FUNHOME. The show will open in June and run for 2 weeks.
Natasha will be training the NYT Rep Company in June and directing the production of MACBETH in Autumn this year.
* UPDATE ON TRIGGER WARNING : There are plans afoot to develop Trigger Warning (Young Vic 2015, Shoreditch Town Hall 2017) a jet-black comedy exploring the politics behind trigger warnings in an age of information overload and non-stop media coverage of non-stop international tragedies.
Trigger Warning is a collaboration between the writer Marcelo Dos Santos and theatre maker/director Natasha Nixon and operates somewhere weird and fun between live art, dance, stand up and immersive theatre.
The piece is a pre-show disclaimer to a show that you will never see. It confronts the audience with the risks involved to their ‘persons, property and psychological well-being’ not to shock them but to open up a dialogue about what is safe and unsafe.
It asks if trigger warnings are in fact infantalising the population and removing their autonomy which begs the question, how far should we go to protect an audience from the horrors of ‘real life’?
By insulating ourselves to such an extent when do we lose our agency and when does it potentially become an act of censorship?
It is also a FUN night out for the whole family.
“That was SO brilliant, hilarious, subversive, witty, insane.” Melly Still, director
We are currently in talks with Brian at Camden People’s Theatre.
We are also looking for further support and project partners to develop the piece. If you are interested in partnering with us please contact Natasha via the Contact page on this website.
Last but not least, EUROTRASH, Natasha's company will be launching soon.
Photos : Mike Massaro
Audience Feedback for Trigger Warning 2017 at Shoreditch Town Hall, Dare Festival
Filmed by : Vanessa Bowles
Natasha's work ranges from devised work, new writing, community theatre, biographical performance, musical theatre, classics, immersive theatre, circus and dance theatre.
Her directing has included work at the National Theatre, The Young Vic Theatre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Tricycle Theatre, Theatre 503, Edinburgh Festival: Pleasance, Tilburg Concert Hall in the Netherlands, Circus Schatzinsel and Dock 11 in Berlin.
Other directing projects include work at Southwark Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Tristan Bates, Soho, Old Vic (24 Hour Plays), New Diorama and the Albany.
Associate directing and other projects include work at The Royal National Theatre, The Young Vic, The Old Vic, The Almeida, The Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), The Austrian Embassy, The Royal Court and Eden Studios (Berlin).
Past Works Include:
Director for A ColOURful World at the KILN Theatre (formerly known as the Tricyle Theatre). Devised by Willsden Green Young Persons Company, Design Emma Bailey, Dramaturgy Marcelo Dos Santos & Natasha Nixon, Puppetry Director Fiona Clift, Sound Designer Dinah Mullen, Lighting Designer PabloFernandez Baz, Costume Supervisor Kyle Davies, Assistant Director Kadisha Williams.
Director for Detached at Dock 11 in Berlin with Valentina Bordenave and the Anderplatz Collective. A dance theatre piece exploring the ever shifting relationship between one's inner and outer self. Performed by: Irene Fas Fita, Javier Ferrer Machín, Clara Gracia, Marina Rodriguez Llorente, Laura de Arcos, Filippo Serra, Piet Starrett and Valentina Bordenave. Assistant Director: Amelie Seib, Music: Piet Starrett, Stage: Eva G. Alonso, Costume: Lydia Sonderegger, Light design: Sylvain Faye and Eva G. Alonso, Production management: M.i.C.A. - Movement in Contemporary Art, Photography: Daniel Nartschick.
Director for Cosmo, a masked street performance based on The Baron of the Trees by Italo Calvino premiering in Berlin at Circus Schatzinsel. Cast includes: Clara Gracia und Catia de Almeida Santos. Mask Training: Marina Rodríguez Llorente, Mask Design: Amelie Seib, Set and Costume: Laila Rosato, Music: Stefano Ciardi, Illustration: Ines de Vasconcelos
Director of new work 'Trigger Warning' by Marcelo Dos Santos at DARE Festival in Shoreditch Town Hall. Cast included: Christina Brown, Lily Lesser, Ella Smith, Iain Woods, Tom Randall-Page and Mike Massaro. Photography: Mike Massaro.
Performer at VAULTS festival, in 'Borderland' by Crew For Calais. A blunt telling of the truths of forced relocation through verbatim responses and the Refugee Rights Data Project. For more information about Crew For Calais and how to donate and/or get involved: www.crewforcalais.org
Associate Director for the Mahogony Opera Group on their new opera about mindfulness, 'Lost In Thought' in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie.
National Theatre Connections Director for the world's largest youth theatre festival.
Director, along with Valentina Bordenave and Anderplatz Company, of dance theatre piece, Detached. Devised and performed by: Irene Fas Fita, Javier Ferrer Machín, Clara Gracia, Marina Rodriguez Llorente, Patrick Rupar, Laura de Arcos, Filippo Serra, Piet Starrett and Valentina Bordenave, Dramaturgy: Charlotte Wetzel, Music: Piet, Set: Eva G. Alonso, Costume: Pascale Mühl, Lighting: Mario Seeger, Eva G. Alonso.
Maker and Performer in Who Invited Him. A(n) (auto)biographical immersive show set in a shower and a toilet exploring a journey through diagnosis and surgery of lung cancer. Performed by: Natasha Nixon and Christina Brown
Director for a dance theatre / new writing collaboration called Trigger Warning. Performed at the Young Vic Theatre, written by Marcelo Dos Santos, Design Florence De Mare, Performed by Daniel Hay-Gordon and Raquel Cassidy.
Director and Writer for devised circus show Gone Fishin' in Tilburg Concert Hall, the Netherlands. Mixed disciplinary company of 31 final year student performers from Fontys Academy. Acts included: trapeze, static trapeze, hand to hand, straps, chinese pole and acro-dance. Music and Lighting Design by Natasha Nixon with support from technical staff at the concert hall, dramaturgy support from Arjan G Breed and choreographic support from Deborah Black. Assistant Director, Fred Deb.
Director for an immersive performance of Killer Thrillers. Commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum to celebrate the recent translation of award winning Austrian crime writer Ursula Poznanski in to English. Curator, Jen (http://www.jencalleja.com/) and architect and designer, Thomas-Randall-Page (http://www.thomasrandallpage.com/) Performer, Cristina Catalina.
Director of Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Design Eleri Llyod, Lighting Josie Allen, Sound Kerri Charles, Voice and Dialect Simon Reeves, Fight Director Kevin McCurdy. Cast Jack DeVos, Tom Forrister, Maggie Haight, Melanie Stevens
Please see: http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/departments/acting/video.aspx for video links to some scenes.
Director of two Staged Readings: Age of Consent by Peter Morris and Assemblywomen by Aristophanes for The National Youth Theatre.
Director of award winning musical The Scottsboro Boys by Kander and Ebb at the Young Vic Theatre. This was a Parallel Production with a young cast from Lambeth and Southwark council. Musical Director Jenny Gould/ Movement Director Lucy Cullingford, Design Lily Arnold, Lighting Nicky Brown, Sound Alex Twiselton, Voice and Dialect Jess Chambers, Assistant Director Madeline Kludje. Cast Michael Adeleke, Leslie Akosah, Anna Asiamah, Christina Brown, Phyllys Egharevba, Yohanna Ephrem, Toheeb Jimoh, Sunneth Lawrence, Pretina Moore, Tarik Nugent, Xianne Peters, Tamoy Phipps, Jennifer Soladoye
Invited to be a participating Director at the Young Vic developing work with Ian Rickson for his upcoming production of Electra at The Old Vic.
Developing a piece of new writing by Sarah Grochala, the Kindness of Strangers at The National Theatre Studio. Cast included: Jonathan Coote, Josie Walker, Tim Samuels, Tamsin Fessey
Work as a National Theatre Connections Director for the “biggest youth theatre festival on the planet”, The National Theatre Connections Festival, in various locations around the UK.
Invited to work as a Creative Associate alongside Melly Still and other participating directors to develop work the Opening of NT Future at the National Theatre Studio.
Director of three Staged Readings at the National Theatre as part of New Views, the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15−19-year-olds. Cast comprised of NT company members.
Director of a work in progress sharing of a devised music theatre piece in response to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky with the SITI Company in Paris.
Developing and work shopping an adaptation of The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark at The National Theatre Studio. Dramaturgy: Nic Wass, Choreography: Janine Harrington, Sound design: Mike Winship. Cast: Helena Lymbery, Tom Godwin, Matthew Seadon-Young, Amy Booth-Steal. Big thanks to Joseph Alford.
Director of The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo by Jonathan Brittain at The Edinburgh Pleasance Courtyard and transfer to Theatre 503. Design: jennifer Lee. Lighting: Josh Pharo. Sound: Edward Lewis. Produced by Lucy Jackson. Assistant Director: Leonie Rae Gasson. Cast: Sam Donnelly, Helen Duff, Michael Lyle.
Director of Assassins by Steve Hevey for the Old Vic Time Warner Ignite.
Director of Feel Sad About Japan by Marcelo Dos Santos at the Southwark Playhouse (Nabokov Present : Tense), the Brunel Museum and later developed at Soho Theatre. "Feel. Feel. Feel. Not like that. Like this. Now don't. Don't worry about it." A story which revolves around a mother and a daughter, a life coach and a seeker, some graphic porn and a tsunami. Cast: Helena Lymbery and Kate Stanley-Brennan.
Invited to be a participating Director in a Research and Development workshop at the Young Vic for Ian Rickson’s production of Hamlet at The Young Vic. Guests included: Sir Peter Hall, Sir Derek Jacobi, Michael Sheen and Tim Crouch.
Director for Various New Writing pieces as part of The Lyric Lounge at The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
Director for The Aim of the Game by Jonathan Brittan as part of The Old Vic Theatre 24 Hour Plays.
Director of Staged Reading as part of the Romanian Season, Love Thyself by Maria Manoluescu at The New Diorama Theatre.
Director of Staged Reading as part of StoneCrab’s Theatre New European Work, Supermarket by Biljana Srbljanović at The Soho Theatre
Director and Writer of Pre-Occupation as part of the 00:13:00 Festival with StoneCrabs Theatre at The Albany Theatre.
Director of Staged Reading of The Public Eye by Peter Shaffer with StoneCrabs Theatre at The Albany Theatre.
Various projects with Cardboard Citizens, the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company, and the leading practitioner of Forum Theatre and the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology in the UK.
Immersive Performance of Killer Thrillers
Commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum
To see behind the scenes footage
The Young Vic Theatre made two short videos.
The Scottsboro Boys Parallel Production at the Young Vic
More behind the scenes footage from the cast of The Scottsboro Boys Parallel Production.
Natasha gives workshops for the National Theatre for both Entry Pass and Page to Stage which includes school and college students along with young theatre makers.
Recently, she was asked to deliver an Open Rehearsal for HRH Prince Edward with the National Youth Theatre Rep Company.
She regularly runs the Scene Study course for the National Youth Theatre Rep Company, the Auditioning Workshop with Wendy Spon (Head of Casting for the National Theatre) and has worked as a Senior Course Director for the National Youth Theatre Summer School.
Natasha has trained young directors on the StoneCrab's Theatre Programme and run workshops for the Young Vic Director's Programme.
Most recently, she was invited to train to lead multidisciplinary workshops for secondary schools with The Barbican.
Natasha leading a practical teaching session at the National Theatre.
Natasha teaching on the Olivier stage at the Royal National Theatre. The session, with A level and AS students from across the UK, was about the staging and performance of the production of Othello.
Associate and Assistant Directing
Natasha's assistant directing credits range from dance theatre, classics, adaptations and new writing across the past five years with well established and inspirational companies and practitioners.
Recently she was the recipient of the Jerwood Assistant Director Award where she assisted on A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic Theatre, under the direction of Benedict Andrews.
After a sell out run at the Young Vic the show was transferred to St Ann's Warehouse in New York.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
At The Young Vic Theatre
Nominated for Olivier Award for Best Revival
Direction Benedict Andrews Jerwood Assistant Director Natasha Nixon
Design Magda Willi Costumes Victoria Behr Light Jon Clark Sound Paul Arditti / Music Alex Baranowski
Cast Gillian Anderson, Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Ben Foster, Nicholas Gecks, Troy Glasgow, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, Claire Prempeh
Natasha is Associate Director for the NT Live production.
Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute
At The Almeida Theatre
Director Sir Michael Attenborough Assistant Director Natasha NixonDesign Soutra Gilmour Lighting Mark Henderson Sound Fergus O’Hare
Cast Siân Brooke, Kieran Bew, Billie Piper, Tom Burke
Les Parents Terribles by Jean Cocteau, Translation by Jeremy Sams
Nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award
At The Donmar Warehouse / Trafalgar Studios
Director Chris Rolls Assistant Director Natasha NixonDesign Andrew Edwards Lighting Richard Howell Sound and Composition Ben and Max Ringham
Cast Frances Barber, Tom Byam Shaw, Anthony Calf, Elaine Cassidy, Sylvestra le Touzel
Cock by Mike Bartlett
Received a Laurence Olivier Award
At The Royal Court Theatre
Director James Macdonald Assistant Director Natasha NixonDesign Miriam Buether Lighting Peter Mumford Sound David Mcseveney
Cast Paul Jesson, Katherine Parkinson, Andrew Scott, Ben Whishaw
Vanya by Anton Chekhov, Adaptation by Sam Holcroft
At The Gate Theatre
Director Natalie Abrahami Assistant Director Natasha NixonDesign Tom Scutt Lighting Mark Howland Sound Carolyn Downing
Cast Fiona Button, Robert Goodale, Susie Trayling, Simon Wilson
Pictures From An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Text by James Fenton
At The Young Vic Theatre / Sadlers Wells
Director Daniel Kramer / Choreography Frauke Requardt Assistant Director Natasha NixonDesign Richard Hudson Lighting Peter Mumford Sound Fergus O'Hare / Composition and arrangement Joel Fram
Cast Chris New, Carl Joseph, Conor Doyle, Kath Duggan, Edward Hogg, Carl Joseph, Rob McNeill, Michela Meazza, Inn Pang Ooi, Vinicius Salles, Margarita Zafrilla Olayo
Staff Directing National Theatre
Natasha worked as a Staff Director at The National Theatre in London for two years on the following shows:
Othello by William Shakespeare
At The National Theatre, Olivier Stage
and NT Live broadcast
Winner of London Evening Standards Award for Best Actor, jointly awarded to Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
Director Sir Nicholas Hytner Staff Director Natasha Nixon Design Vicki Mortimer Lighting Jon Clark Sound Gareth Fry / Music Nick Powell
Cast Jonathan Bailey, Sandy Batchelor, Adam Berry, David Carr, William Chubb, Robert Demeger, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Gabriel Fleary, Colin Haigh, Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, Scott Karim, Rory Kinnear, David Kirkbride, Adrian Lester, Lyndsey Marshall, Zackary Momoh, Tom Radford, Tom Robertson, Nick Sampson, Chook Sibtain, Rebecca Tanwen, Olivia Vinall, Joseph Wilkins
Port by Simon Stephens
At The National Theatre, Lyttelton Stage
Director Marianne Elliott Staff Director Natasha Nixon Design Lizzie Clachan Lighting Neil Austin / Ass. Lighting Rob Halliday Sound Ian Dickinson / Music Nick Powell
Movement Director Scott Graham / Fight Director Kate Waters
Cast John Banks, John Biggins, Callum Callaghan, Jack Deam, Aaron Foy, Ellie Jacob, Danny Kelly, Mike Noble, Kate O'Flynn, Katherine Pearce, Mark Rose, Liz White
Travelling Light by Nicholas Wright
At The National Theatre, Lyttelton Stage
with a UK Tour (including Aylesbury, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester)
and NT Live broadcast
Director Sir Nicholas Hytner Staff Director Natasha Nixon Design Bob Crowley Lighting Bruno Poet Sound Rich Walsh / Music Grant Olding
Video/Projection Jon Driscoll
CastMark Extance, Colin Haigh, Paul Jesson, Sue Kelvin, Abigail McKern, Damien Molony, Lauren O'Neil, Tom Peters, Antony Sher, Jill Stanford, Darren Swift, Karl Theobald, Geoffrey Towers, Kate Webster, Jonathan Wolf, Alexis Zegerman
Natasha has an international body of training in theatre, movement, devising and live art.
Most recently, she completed an intensive training at Le Coq based physical theatre school, LISPA in Berlin. The course, Devised Theatre and Performance, included work on improvisation, movement analysis, dramatic structure, devising process, performance practise, Alexander technique, contemporary dance-based movement, rhythm work and ensemble singing.
Overseas she has attended residencies and workshops with Odin Teatret in Denmark, the SITI company in Viewpoints and Suzuki, the Drift residency for performance art in Brazil and most recently mask making and performing with Berlin based company, Famille Floz.
Her studies in the UK have included an invitation to train on the National Theatre Studio Director's Course, various workshops with the Young Vic Director's Programme and the Young Directors Programme with StoneCrabs Theatre. Alongside this, she has attended various workshops with leading artists and companies including Daniel Kramer, Told By An Idiot, Melly Still, Carrie Cracknell, Lyndsey Turner, Ian Rickson and Annabel Arden from Complicite Company on the 'Chorus' and 'Ensemble' .
Odin Teatret, Denmark
Familie Flöz - Über Tage
Starting on the open mic scene at Pizza on the Park in London, Natasha moved to Glasgow and became part of a collective of musicians for a number of years where her jazz roots opened up in to HipHop, Drum & Bass, Funk and Soul.
She has supported the likes of Guru, Grandmaster Flash, the Portico Quartet and Calvin Harris.
After a hiatus, she has recently started singing again at jam sessions and open mics around Berlin.
Here are some of Natasha's pieces.
Shoes Flying Down at Rio
Exhibited at the Chelsea Theatre/Sacred Festival King's Road Place, London, in a performance by Dorothy Max Prior and Matthew Blacklock.