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Nathan Winkelstein, known as ‘The Pied Piper of Shakespeare’, is a renowned acting coach with a BA in Theater and MFA in Classical Acting. As the Associate Artistic Director at Red Bull Theater for seven years, he has extensive experience in acting and directing. Nathan’s philosophy emphasizes deep textual analysis and faith in spoken words to create truthful, three-dimensional characters.
Dubbed ‘The Pied Piper of Shakespeare’ Nathan provides private acting coaching to select clients and has taught for Red Bull, STC, LCT, TGS and Maggie Flanagan Studio. Nathan received his BA in Theater from the University at Buffalo and his MFA in Classical Acting from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theater School in the UK.
Nathan has been Associate Artistic Director with Red Bull Theater for seven years. He is the Producing Director of The Revelation Reading Series as well as the host of Remarkabull Podversations. He also serves as the casting associate for Red Bull. Nathan has acted or directed for numerous companies around the country, including The Alley, NYU Grad, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theater Company, LCT, The Folger, American Shakespeare Center and others. Nathan is a proud member of Actors Equity.
I believe that deep textual analysis and the corresponding faith in the words you speak are the key to unlocking a truthful character.
If an actor understands why they are saying what they do they will be able to build a truthful, three-dimensional character who honestly interacts with their fellow characters and the play as a whole.
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