BA in Literature and Language, 1997, Webster University; Post-Graduate in Classical Acting, 2000, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA); MA in Theatre Practice, 2009, University of Manchester. At Webster since 2013.
Natalie Turner-Jones is a theatre artist specializing in movement direction/choreography,
devised ensemble work, acting, directing and teaching.
Natalie lived and worked in London, England for 10 years where she was classically trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She later studied movement with Trish Arnold, Shona Morris and Monika Pagneux, and apprenticed with Di Trevis for 7 years as an actor and director as part of The Workshop. Additional areas of intensive study include British Wheel Yoga Teacher Training, Argentine Tango, and one year of Buddhist Seminary training with the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom.
As a teacher, Natalie taught movement for 6 years in Britain at Rose Bruford College, LAMDA, Florida State University (Study Abroad Programme), The Drama Center, and The London Center for Theatre Studies. In 2008 she moved to Chicago to teach full-time at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She has led movement-based workshops for child and adult actors in Vienna, Tango dancers in London, and with spoken word poets and teachers at Chicago Young Authors.
Natalie's acting career highlights include Hecuba at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cowboy Mouth at the BAC (London), voice-over work with BBC Radio and TV, documentaries with Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel, A Body of Water at Old Vic, New Voices, and working with composer Dominic Muldowney at the National Theatre Studio. Last March she returned to the stage with Chicago Fusion Theatre at the DCA with Las Hermanas Padilla.
Natalie began as a movement director in Vienna, Austria working with Stuthe Theatre and the Wiener Kindertheater, whose 2006 production of Einen Jux Will Er Sich Machen moved to the Burgtheater im Kasino, Austria's National Theater. Natalie has since provided movement direction (including choreography) for theatre and musical productions in London, Vienna, and most recently, Chicago, where she reached her 50th production working on Pride and Prejudice at Lifeline theatre with fellow Webster Alumn and director, Elise Kauzlaric.