Natalie Miranda Shea is currently a senior at Ball State University pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts for Musical Theatre. There she is being coached one-on-one in voice, acting, and dance as well as taking part in many intensive performance-based classes and specialized performing arts courses and master classes.
She has been featured in their theatre department’s production season, most noticeably, in her work in the new work, National Pastime, where she originated the role of the demure-turned-confident-and-sexy Mary and in their recent production of Green Day’s American Idiot as the headstrong, new mother Heather. Natalie has also worked with numerous summer companies including Trollwood Performing Arts, Act Up and Strawhat Summer Players. Some of her noteworthy credits from her professional work have been Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Holly in The Wedding Singer, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal and Signe in Church Basement Ladies. Her stage experience also extended into the world of Opera where she was highlighted as Frou-Frou in The Merry Widow.
Natalie has appeared in film and commercial work during her time at Ball State University. She has starred in independent films such as “A Waste of Time” and “Deception” as well as the student-made Ball State commercials.
Natalie’s extensive knowledge of musical instruments have also allowed her the opportunity to play her violin in pit orchestras ranging from professional live radio show events to Ball State theatrical productions to soundtrack instrumentation.
Some of her most recent work has been in the genre of cabaret work. She has been featured in Cabaret for a Cause with Act Up’s Social Justice Theatre Company, Trollwood Performing Art’s Annual Winter Cabaret as well as her debut at the Cabaret in Indianapolis in (Un)Expected Song: An evening of songs we were born to sing…or not?. Natalie uses her experience and understanding of the voice and violin, as well as her affection for children, to teach. She currently is accepting students, ages 5-18, to study vocal training or violin musicianship under her tutelage.
In the recent months Natalie traveled to New York City to perform in Ball State’s New York Showcase, put together with help from Telsey and Company’s Rachel Hoffman. While in New York, Natalie appeared in the Ball State Senior’s cabaret, Hoagy, Jule and Frank Walk Into A Bar: A Night of Music by Carmichael, Styne and Loesser, at Joe’s Pub.
Natalie is putting on her a solo cabaret titled “A Portrait of the Artist: A Cabaret” where she will journey through her artistic career thus far and share her story as an artist for you all April 24th at 7:30pm at Books & Brews in Muncie, Indiana!
Currently, she is finishing up her degree. She will graduate from Ball State on May 4th!