Who am I?
I think of myself as a voice coach- corner person-actor and writer. My major influences are Kristin Linklater, Peter Kass, Shakespeare and Company and the prairies of Canada. (I would also say any student who has come in contact with me, quite frankly.)
I have been teaching actors for over forty years at all levels, capacities and experiences.
I believe in the individual talent of the actor and the exploration and revelation of the self through one’s work. I suppose when one has lived for a certain amount of time one gathers enough experiences to perceive and have a sense of what needs to be done. Happily I am at a stage of being able to observe, create, and pass on processes and tools to help actors reach their potential and let their talent blossom.
I think that teaching is an art, part craft, innate ability, as well as practice. It just so happened by seeming accident and influence that I have become a teacher. I am enormously indebted to
Kristin Linklater in particular who so generously shared her knowledge with me. She gave me the information and working friendship to figure out what to do. Working with her was always a creative event and certainly she instilled that influence upon me. I carry on that tradition.
I trust what I do. I simply just see what is in front of me, then work with it. I believe in being present, this leads to freedom in acting, embodying the work. I also have a pretty good eye and this is what we want actually…to be seen. For me acting is a revelation, which is the influence of Peter Kass.
As far as the prairies are concerned, they created the landscape of my mind and language. Shakespeare and Company of course was the world of life, the formation of the web of relationship and knowledge.
When I was asked to write who am I, I found this curious and impossible, as well as slightly amusing. I told JD Salinger I was a messer-arounder with sound and he accepted that, so let’s just go with that.
As an actress, Natsuko has performed throughout the United States and Canada, including the Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, and the Theatre Passe Muraille. Film and TV work includes Forever Knight (Capt. Amanda Cohen), major motion pictures Pirates of the Caribbean II, Speed, Flatliners, American Playhouse Hot Summer Winds, and NFB film Obaachan’s Garden. She was highly acclaimed for her portrayal of Emelda Marcos in LA productions of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. Other selected credits are below.
- Trained at the Working Theatre New York, with Kristin Linklater, Peter Kass, and Joseph Chaikin
- Head of Voice Progression at USC’s MFA in Acting Program
- Director of Training for the National Arts Center of Canada
- Founding Member Shakespeare and Company, Lennox, Mass.
- Teacher of Voice New Actor’s Workshop, New York, with George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills
- Senior Artist Pan Asian Repertory, New York
- Company Member Estelle Parson’s Shakespeare’s Project, NYSF
- Joseph Papp Public Theatre
- Coach Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario
- Voice Teacher, Sundance Theatre Lab
- Voice Teacher, CalArts
- Voice Teacher, Laura Henry Studio
- Vocal Coach, Mark Taper Forum, Taper Too, Taper Board Retreat
- Drama Desk Nominated Actress for David Henry Hwang’s “Sound of a Voice” at NYSF
- Member The Company of Women, Boston, Mass.
- Los Angeles Womens Shakespeare Company: Co-directed Hamletand Much Ado About Nothing; played Prospero in The Tempest