Teaching Theater Etiquette & Craft

Natalia Salsbury
Instructor/Artistic Director Coastal Youth Theater

NATALIA is enjoying her third year at CDMA as a drama teacher and the Artistic Director of Coastal Youth Theater (formerly CDMA Triple Threat). She is proud to have directed "Once on This Island", Thoroughly Modern Millie and Beauty and the Beast with Coastal Youth Theater. 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 play writing. 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. She has worked with Sorcerer Productions as Executive Producer and 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 8 years. Her credits include Nipomo High School, Atascadero High 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 the 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! Natalia wants to thank the husband Jeff Salsbury for his encouragement and for reminding her that she is destined to direct,  her children Lucas and Josie for believing in her,  her mother for encouraging her and loving her, and  her father, for always reminding her that she  a teacher and to always master life’s lessons. Love you all!