ABOUT natasha

In June 2020, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, Natasha co-wrote and produced with Storm Smith a creative project Am I Next? to spotlight attention on the Black Deaf Community. The short video generated 100,000+ views across social media platforms.  This project is something she felt proud to work on to bring focus on the Black Deaf Community.  Am I Next? will become a museum exhibit at Gallaudet University by Fall 2022.

 

Natasha debuted in a Marvel Studios and Insomniac Games video game as the first Black Deaf women to play a character in a video game. She was extremely honored to played Hailey Cooper in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.​  Natasha as Hailey have been featured on ABC7 NewsTechRadar, and LA Times.

 

Natasha starred in a short film, Aimee Victoria, as Aimee, which has been selected for 18 film festivals (including aGLIFF in Austin, NewFest and the Academy Award qualifying Reel Sisters) in 2021 so far.  Natasha is known for the work in several TV series that are currently steaming: Ryan Murphy’s The Politician on Netflix where she played Principal Karen Vaughn in 4 episodes and Amazon Originals’ Undone created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Pudy where she played a Deaf Teacher in 2 episodes.  In Undone, Natasha is the first Black Deaf Actress is to be seen as an animated character in the show.

 

Natasha’s milestone for 2021 is creating and filming her own story. She acted, produced, and wrote a short film called The Multi.  Adding the title “Filmmaker” in her purse is a good feeling and she is embracing it. She dedicates her first short film to her grandma, who passed away on January 7, 2021.  Her grandma's resilience ignites the fire within Natasha to keep going.  Natasha looks forward to producing more stories and bringing them to life.

 

Early 2020, Natasha was cast as one of the leads for Deaf West Theater’s Spring 2020 production, Orphée, as Eurydice. Unfortunately, after opening night in March, the show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Reflection: What Do You See? ​was Natasha's first short play that she wrote, produced and directed ​in 2018 at the Theatre of Note in Hollywood, CA, where both shows were sold-out. 

 

Being a writer and storyteller started at a young age, not realizing this passion will bloom later in her life. There is no timeline on when passion reveals itself.  When Natasha writes stories, her entire being, her soul, is liberated and expressed into words and art, creating a sense of joy.  Storytelling helps her cope with her depression by interweaving her feelings and experiences to inspire action, change, and feelings.

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