Sustaining Creativity Podcast

Creativity, What Really Matters with Natalie Oliver-Atherton

August 22, 2023 Season 1 Episode 193
Sustaining Creativity Podcast
Creativity, What Really Matters with Natalie Oliver-Atherton
Show Notes

Creativity through the lens of Mrs. Colorado American 2023, Actor, Singer, Dancer and Owner of Namasté Works Vocal & Acting Studio

"I create a way that the desire of my heart is how I'm living through my life."

Natalie Oliver-Atherton, Mrs. Centennial & Mrs. Colorado American 2023, spent 20 years as Music Director & Conductor of the internationally known vocal ensemble S.T.A.R.S. (Singers Taking Action Reaching Souls)and has spent many years touring the world.
It's been said that she could sing before she could speak in cogent sentences.  And by the time she was thirteen she’d already tucked choral directing and conducting under her belt as her childhood church music director.  Professionally it began at age 17 as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and culminated years later in the French Riviera for the late Prince Rainier of Monaco.
As a singer/actress her performance credits include the roles of the Gypsy Acid Queen in two international tours of the Who's Tommy (Germany/Canada); Constance in David Merrick's Oh, Kay!; Andrea Devereaux in Once on This Island; A Brief History of White Music. She can be seen in the feature films: Mississippi Masala (opposite Oscar winner Denzel Washington) and Amazing Grace & Chuck (with Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck).  Regionally, she was Mary Magdalene  in Jesus Christ Superstar; Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Annie in Porgy & Bess and Mayme in Intimate Apparel, for which she received a Denver Post Ovation Award nomination for best supporting actress in a musical. Most recently, after a 14 year hiatus, she starred in the new musical Trav’lin with Broadway veteran, Milton Craig Nealy.  She has also performed as the soprano soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert & Too Hot to Handel); and the Florida Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and Sinfonia Gulfcoast.
She has headlined at the former Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in their original production "Enter the Night".  Another highlight in her career was the honor of opening for poet laureate, Dr. Maya Angelou.  She has appeared as Mother Wisdom in a new opera about the life of Mary Magdalene (Woman of Light) and received a second Denver Post Ovation Award nomination as best supporting actress in a musical.   
Natalie currently resides just outside Denver, CO with her husband Jeffrey of 25 years and is the proud mother of three beautiful children (Justin 30, Rachael 25, and Serea 21).  She and her husband are instructor/coaches of their own private vocal and acting studio, the Namasté Works Vocal & Acting Studio. And she is the proud Executive Director of a new non-profit, The Namaste Works Foundation d/b/a The Namasté Works Arts Alliance whose mission is to identify and assist talented young adult performing artists to the next stage of their development while guiding them to become Ambassador’s for Humanity who will pay forward those gifts talents and abilities.

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