I cannot conceive any work of art as having a separate existence from life itself.
-Antonin Artaud, The Theatre and Its Double
Born and raised
Natalie C. Houchins is a writer and actress whose work explores the melancholic complexities of identity, specifically as it relates to gender and sexuality. Her work is often grounded in true events, both personal and collective.
She studied acting and playwriting at Northwestern University and has also trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the National High School Institute, and the British American Drama Academy.
While at Northwestern, Natalie appeared in several plays, including Pink Milk, a poetic retelling of the Alan Turing story, which went on to perform at the New York and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Her college career culminated in a performance of her honors thesis, Caddy: A Play About Kings, an autobiographical adaptation of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. In addition to Theatre, she earned a degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her work as a writer, actress, and activist, is fueled and inspired by what she learned.
Though she often finds herself elsewhere, Natalie calls her native Austin home. Upcoming projects include the lead role in an independent feature entitled Seahorse, co-written with director Rommel Eclarinal, and a reimagining of her honors thesis under a new title, Sister. Her webseries that she wrote, starred in, and co-produced, Kahla and Natalie Reach Enlightenment, can be found on YouTube.
Natalie believes that black lives matter, love is love, gender is expansive, and that women's rights are human rights.