Meet Natalia Berryman | Coastal Dance and Music Academy

Meet Natalia Berryman

Natalia Berryman Dance Instructor Central Coast Dance and Music Academy
Natalia Berryman

Natalia Berryman/Dance Instructor

Natalia is enjoying her ninth year at CDMA as a drama teacher and Coastal Youth Theater’s Artistic Director. She is proud to have directed Once on This Island, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, Beauty and the Beast Jr, Arsenic and Old Lace, Alice in Wonderland Jr, Nightmare before Xmas, Legally Blonde Jr, Annie Jr, Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Aladdin Jr. Hair Spray, Shrek and now West Side Story, which for the first time ever is merging with CCYB company dancers!!! She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Cal Poly where she portrayed the role of Charlotte in the musical Falsettos and studied the fundamentals of directing, scenic and lighting design and playwriting. She is also a graduate of the actors training program at PCPA and has worked professionally with PCPA during their summer fests in numerous productions such as The Secret Garden, Grapes of Wrath, Julius Caesar, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The King and I and Once Upon a Mattress and this summer/2019 was assistant Director for Mama Mia and Arcadia. She just director her first musical with PCPA’s outreach program Oliver Button is a Sissy. She has worked with Sorcerer Productions as Artistic Director, and has enjoyed portraying roles such as Christine Colgate in the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Trix in the Drowsy Chaperone and Celeste in Little Shop of Horrors. Natalia has worked in children’s theater for the last 12 years! Her credits include work with Nipomo High School, Atascadero High School, Old Mission School and the San Luis Little Theatre. She has always believed that children are the future participants in a theatre community, therefore, teaching them to respect the laws of theatre etiquette alongside the craft itself, might be the hope and salvation of live theatre in the future. She uses Uta Hagen as her inspiration. “We must overcome the notion that we must be regular…it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.” Natalia believes that teaching children the fundamentals of acting will not only prepare them to be solid, grounded, and talented performers, but that it will also prepare them for other major performances in life such as job interviews and college applications. Her goal is to one day get her Masters in Directing so that she can teach collegially and remind adults that we were all children at one point and to not forget that it is our responsibilities as thespian leaders, to keep molding future generations!

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