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Natasha Lee Martin began her career at the age of 5 when she was cast in a radio play for WSAR Radio called "The Man in the Snow". Directed by her uncle David Tulli, this was to become a source of inspiration for many roles to come. In the years since Natasha has appeared in television and film roles on FOX, TLC, DISNEY, NIPPON TV JAPAN and many stages throughout Philadelphia, NYC and Los Angeles and in the USA. Trained at the Actor's Studio Program in NYC, Natasha holds an MFA in Acting Pedagogy from VCU and attended the Actor's Studio Program in New York City where she trained extensively in Stanislavski, Strasberg (Moscow Art Theater) Kazan, Hagen and Meisner and at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also received instruction from world renowned director Arthur Penn and executive producer of Law and Order Estelle Parsons.
Natasha has lectured at Rutgers, teaches workshops in New York City and Los Angeles and is a private acting coach. Natasha performs regularly in her original solo shows, devised and improvised theatre in a project called "Martin & Shaw" (an hour of improvised theatre with fellow actor Cooper Shaw) which completed a successful residency at The Living Theater, and at venues in New York City and surrounding area such as Gotham Comedy Club, Theater 54, The PIT, The Creek, The Palace Theater and The Producer's Club. She has also performed at venues such as Sacred Fools Theater and T.U. Studios in Los Angeles.
She has been awarded Faculty Excellence in Teaching and several grants to fund her dramatic writing and performance work. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Innovation Grant for the solo show she wrote and performed in NYC, Confessions of a Synesthetic Sailor; An Interactive Journey Through High Seas. The show is currently in pre-production and will be remounted in Jan, 2015 at Theaterlab, NYC. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at William Jewell College, developing new Acting and Directing courses, facilitating and coaching standardized patient simulations and directing shows on the main-stage.