Las Meninas - Photo Credit: Steve A. Gunther
Nataki Garrett is the Associate Dean and the Co-Head of Undergraduate Acting for CalArts School of Theater. She is a recipient numerous awards and residencies including the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. She is an associate artist of the Center for New performance at Calarts where she directed the world Premiere of Carl Hancock Rux’s Smoke Lilies and Jade (World Premiere) and Oliver Mayer’s The Joy of the Desolate.
Nataki is the co-Artistic Director of BLANK-THE- DOG PRODUCTIONS (BTD) a Los Angeles/New York based ensemble Theater Company. Her most recent BTD projects include Carolyn Bryant. Described as new mythology Carolyn Bryant is a project for the theater that focuses on the decades long silence of the woman for whom Emmett Till was brutally murdered is Mississippi in 1955. Carolyn Bryant, was previously performed at REDCAT Winter Studio 2009, and Co-workshoped with Highways Performance Space in 2011 and will be co-produced by the Center for New Performance in 2015.
Additional BTD Productions include: Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist by Thomas Bradshaw – LA premiere at Open Space; Week #29 of 365 Plays/Days by Suzan-Lori Parks premiered at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles; Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, which she produced and directed for BTD at the Lee Strasberg Theatre November 2004; Ugly from the Front written and Performed by Amanda Gunderson premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005.
Additional world premieres: Ochre and Onyx: The Langston Hughes Project at Watts Village Theatre Company; Black Women State of the Union: An Evening of Plays by Black Women (World Premiere), nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Director, at Company of Angels in Los Angeles.; Sucktion Libretto by Doug Kearney, Composed by Anne Lebaron (REDCAT NOW FEST); They Call Me Wanjiku by Mumbi Kiagwa at The Martin E. Seagal Theatre Center in Manhattan (in development); Coffee Will Make You Black adapted by Michael Shepperd at Celebration Theatre; Wet, an opera written by Terese Svoboda and Composed by Anne Lebaron, which premiered at Roy and Edna Disney Calarts Theatre (REDCAT). Couples Counseling by Carey Lovelace, which opened at the REDCAT; Canada Lee by Mona Smith produced by The Lee Strasberg Theatre in Los Angeles.
Other productions of note include: We are Proud to Present a Presentation...by Jackie Sibblies-Durry at Calarts. The Bulrusher by Eisa Davis for Lower Depths Theater Company (Staged Reading), A Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill at CalArts; Dance the Fallen by Aleshea Harris at CalArts (Staged Reading); Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company; Neighbors by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins at the Matrix Theater – Ovation nominations for Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Costumes, Best Featured Actress and Winner of the Garland Award for Best Ensemble and for the Mix Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis; Colored Museum 25th Anniversary production at Pomona College; June and Jean in Concert by Adrienne Kennedy at CalArts; Las Meninas by Lynn Nottage at CalArts; For LATW: Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon; Tape by Steven Belber; 16 Wounded by Eliam Kraiem; and The Living Room by Graham Greene for L.A. Theatre Works audio theatre collection and for NPR, recorded live at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center.