Presenter Profile

Nathaniel Dolquist

Guest Artist

Nathaniel is a New York City-based AEA performer and teacher. A TRHS alum, he graduated from Yale in 2015 with a BA in Theatre Studies after a year abroad with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, for whom he was a lead soloist and arranger. Off-Broadway: Felicité in WONDERLAND (Atlantic Theater), First Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark (City Center), and choreographer/performer for the Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards. Regional: The Emcee in Cabaret (BCCPA), Sky in MAMMA MIA! (UCPAC) Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (Mac-Haydn), Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer (Mac-Haydn), Orsino in Twelfth Night (Yale), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Yale), and Bobby in A Chorus Line (Yale). @dolquist Nathaniel has pounded the NYC pavement for five years. He’s seen it all: final callbacks for national tours and Broadway shows, the crowds of people in line at 5 am praying for an audition slot for well-known dinner theaters, dance calls where he’s the only auditioner, standing next to celebrities in the elevator (please ask. He loves those stories). He has successfully moved from Colorado to New York, found a day job that pays the bills, worked with master teachers, built a resume both in New York and in regional theaters, found an agent and manager, gotten his Equity card, and managed to maintain a social life. If you don’t get a chance to ask him your question in a workshop, slide into those Insta DMs and he’ll answer it if he can!

Nathaniel's Workshops

    STRUT: The Art Of Literally Just Walking

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    “Ok, now you move that mic stand from stage right to stage left.” Yes, but HOW? Should I shimmy? Slink? Saunter? Somnambulate? Depends on the show, so we’re gonna practice with Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Adele, Fosse, maybe even Mean Girls.

    We’re gonna walk. We’re gonna shimmy. And you had best believe we’re gonna strut. When you’re onstage, the audience can see every move you make. So let’s get from Point A to Point B with intention and give them a real show. No one will ever forget how amazing you were when you moved that mic stand.

    What is Stage Presence and How Do I Get It?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular

    What even is stage presence? Master performers have it, sure. I know it when I see it. And I definitely want it. But is it a natural talent? Can I develop it in myself?

    You absolutely can develop it. I’ll show you how.

    I’ve been working on these questions with teachers in New York City and at Yale for many years. Through the use of the Alexander Technique and releasing of the fight-or-flight response, I’ll show you how to become truly present as you give your gifts onstage and off.

    People with stage fright or who “clam up” when performing are very much encouraged to attend this workshop. It may be scary, but you’ll leave with some useful tools!