#206 – Natasha Greenblatt
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Natasha Greenblatt is an actor, director and writer.
Natasha has played Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Segal Centre, Theatre Aquarius), Brigid in A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash), and Roberta in The Railway Children (Mirvish/Marquis). She was nominated for a Dora Award for her portrayal of Bastian in The Neverending Story (Roseneath Theatre) and won a Dora Award for Get Yourself Home Skyler James (Roseneath Theatre), a solo show that toured high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Natasha had a recurring role on the Canadian television show Bomb Girls. Most recently, Natasha was part of the 2014-2015 National Arts Centre’s English Theatre Ensemble, where she played Alice, in Alice Through the Looking Glass and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest.
As a director, Natasha facilitated and directed This Is Your Script, a collective creation for Paprika Festival for youth between the ages of 17 and 21. She directed Cowboy Mouth, by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith, as part of The Playwright Project in May 2013. She was the assistant director for Micheline Chevrier on the Montreal debut production of the Governor General Award winning play, If We Were Birds and for Sarah Stanley on the debut of Beatrice and Virgil at the Factory Theatre. In 2014, Natasha directed The Secret Garden of Lido Pimienta, a theatrical concert commissioned by SummerWorks.
Natasha has been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip program for Emerging Playwrights and Theatre Passe Muraille’s Upstarts Unit for Emerging Theatre Creators. She performed her solo show, We Lived in a Palace at the 2008 SummerWorks Festival. She produced her first full-length play, The Peace Maker, directed by Jennifer Brewin, as part of the 2013 Next Stage Festival.
During the 2015 Federal Election, a group of theatre artists and makers volunteered for local campaigns. They knocked on doors, phoned voters, and tried to make sense of national stories on a local level while documenting their experience. These personal accounts provided fodder for the new Canadian play The Election, by Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell, in collaboration with the company.
In 2019 The Election sparks urgent dialogue just as Canadians take another swing at the ballot box. Exploring the realities of Indigenous, Settler and Newcomer experience with the political process, this play asks: Do we have a voice and does that voice count?
Following the wildly successful run of The Public Servant, Common Boots Theatre delivers a provocative and hilarious investigation of how Canadians engage in democracy.
The team of six actors (Augusto Bitter, Rachel Cairns, Joelle Peters, Anand Rajaram, Rose Stella, and Courtenay Stevens) take on over 35 characters. Woven throughout the chaos of the federal election are the personal stories of people struggling to make a difference within their own communities and families.