Natsuko Ohama is a professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Trained under legendary voice teacher Kristin Linklater, Ohama is a founding member and permanent faculty of Shakespeare and Company Lenox, Mass., a senior artist at Pan Asian Rep New York and was the director of training at the National Arts Center of Canada.
She has taught at numerous institutions all over North America, including the NYU Experimental Theater Wing, Cal Arts, Columbia University, the Sundance Institute, New Actors Workshop, the Wooster Group Summer Institute in New York and the Stratford Festival. Internationally, she has recently taught in Shanghai, China; Stromboli, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Orkney, Scotland. She also has an extensive workshop and private teaching practice in New York and Los Angeles.
As a Drama Desk-nominated actress, she has portrayed the roles of Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Hamlet and Prospero (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company), and has been featured in the action film Speed and in the cult series Forever Knight and American Playhouse on PBS. She has been seen on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and on stage as Imelda Marcos in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s production of Dogeaters. Her favorite recent roles include Polonius in the LAWSC production of Hamlet at the Odyssey Theatre and Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena.
Ohama’s play Geisha of the Gilded Age-Miyuki Morgan was staged at the Ventford Theater in Lenox, Mass. Her credits for directing include The Press and FACE for Visions and Voices at USC and Macbeth 3 at the HERE Theatre in New York, starring Lisa Wolpe. She is the recipient of the Playwright’s Arena Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre Award and appears in the recent publication Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium (Conversations with Master Teachers) by Nancy Saklad. She heads the voice progression for the MFA acting program at USC. For more information, visit www.natsukoohama.com.