Natalie is an actor, singer, teaching artist, voice and dialect coach, and creator of community-based theatrical experiences for enabling dialogue and social change. Natalie has been seen on stages in New York City and regional stages such as The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Pioneer Theatre Company. Her solo show, Disorder, was a bestseller and award winner at the United Solo Festival in New York City, the world’s largest solo theatre festival. Natalie is also certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Natalie holds an MFA in Civic Engagement and Classical Acting from Illinois State University and a BFA from the University of Utah's Actor Training Program. Natalie is currently on the acting faculty at Texas State University.
Photo by Braden Moran
Bestseller and Award winner
at the 2017 United Solo Festival in NYC!
Disorder is the very personal and raw account of a daughter's struggle not only with her father's mental illness, but the very institutions which are meant to help and serve.
Natalie Blackman pours her heart and soul into this affecting one-woman show, taking the audience on a visceral ride through her own experience with her father's mental decline, as well as the surprising battles she and her family had to fight to keep him alive.
As a performer and writer, Natalie's open-heartedness, vulnerability and warmth infuse every moment, making this an unforgettable show.
Creating such an honest space for others to share their struggles with mental illness--either their own or their loved ones--with stigmas, hospitals, insurance and state institutions, Natalie invites the opportunities for further healing and true support. A theater artist--and experience--that is utterly unforgettable and truly necessary in the deepest sense.
-Flor De Liz Perez
Shakespeare in the Park, Madam Secretary, Good Wife
Natalie is also a Certifed Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Resources for Support:
LGBTQ line: 1-866-488-7386
TRANS line: 1-877-565-8860
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NYC Well Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid