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NATHAN

  • Oxford School of Drama

  • University College Dublin: History of Art and Archaeology

BIOGRAPHY & INTERESTS

Being an actor necessitates a lot of theatre trips, seeing the big shows as well as going to see actor friends in theirs. A relatively recent highlight was Andrew Scott's Hamlet directed by Robert Icke, which I caught on its transfer to the Harold Pinter; it was literally the most moving piece of theatre I've ever seen. Next, I'm looking forward to seeing Mark Rylance's Iago at The Globe.
I also love film and relish an occasional trip to the cinema and am a huge fan of the Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian (I've read all 20 books four times in the last 13 years!). The latter also spurred me to learn to sail, and I was lucky enough to crew on a friend's 21-foot benetot out of Dun Laoghaire harbour in a few races.

EXPERIENCE & APPROACH

Though I've been an actor for the past 12 years, work in education in one capacity or another has been something of a constant, both before and during my acting career. Whether as a drama facilitator, teaching assistant or drama coach, I love working with young people, and seem to have an empathetic capacity with them that helps build a strong bond of mutual trust. I loved being in a classroom with adults too, and there is something very special about sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for a subject, and finding fun ways of doing so. But working with younger people is where my heart seems to be. We all remember those teachers who made an especially big impact on us, and I know that in my case it wasn't always because their classes were well organised or they knew the curriculum really well, but rather because they recognised and responded to the uniqueness of each child; we felt 'seen' and that what we had to offer was appreciated and nurtured. I hope I've been able to do that too.