Nathan Flower

Director of Movement

Nathan has developed physical technique and movement design for actors for over 16 years.

"Nate helped me find a deeper sense of my body's potential, but I also feel like I gained an equally, if not more valuable, look at how to be a bolder, more open, and more generous collaborator and artist." - Conservatory Student

Nathan has developed physical technique and movement design for actors for over 16 years.  He served as Head of Physical Training at the Maggie Flanigan Studio since 2004, and is now the Director of Movement at Terry Knickerbocker Studio.

He is an Assistant Arts Professor in the Drama Department at the Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches acting technique as well as advanced movement and period style at the Meisner Studio.  The movement training that Nathan has initiated at these studios is a unique synthesis of the great works of June Kemp, Loyd Williamson, Rudolf Laban, and Michael Chekhov as well as original contributions from Nathan’s’ broad experience in physical performance, martial arts and ensemble development.

Nathan is an actor, director, and performer whose recent credits include the Aquila Theatre Co. (Herakles at BAM, A Female Philoctetes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), the Julia Crockett Group (Tiny Parties at Judson Church and the Center for Performance Research) and the web series “Patience”. Directorial credits include A Few Good MenThe Clean HouseBig LoveTop GirlsAngels in America, and The Love of the Nightingale to name just a few.  He lives with his family in Westchester County, NY where he has worked to develop his parenting skills for over a decade.

Hear From Our Students

I undoubtedly learned how to be a better mover with Nate, but what was so valuable about working with him was being able to witness a leader and an artist at work. Nate is a master of his craft, yet humble and willing to admit when something is not working. He knows how to push his students to help them reach new boundaries, but can also see when they need more guidance. He can direct artistic conversations where they need to go, while also hearing everyone’s voice and offering useful feedback. On top of it all, he can laugh at himself (and his students) with a sense of play that makes you want to experiment, take risks, and enjoy the process. Working with Nate helped me find a deeper sense of my body’s potential, but I also feel like I gained an equally, if not more valuable, look at how to be a bolder, more open, and more generous collaborator and artist.

– Jihoon I.

Alumnus

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Nate demands excellence, which is a very good thing, but it can be very scary because we are being asked to step out of our comfort zones and explore that discomfort within the context of movement. He keeps an eagle eye on what’s happening in the room and will course-correct quickly if necessary. Like Kana, Nate is a Meisner-trained actor, and he’s a Meisner teacher as well, so he really knows what we’re going through, and he understands our references. He brings tremendous experience and wisdom into the movement studio, and he holds his students to high standards. He has the uncanny ability to read people’s bodies, and how they move and breathe, and whether someone is holding back. He can sense bullshit a mile away and will call us out on it. He brings accountability and honesty into the circle.  Movement II was EPIC and I loved the Drunk Project.  Nate’s role in Movement III and IV was in helping us learn how to create pieces organically as an ensemble, and it was really neat to be a part of an evolution. I thought he did a great job in shepherding us and guiding us through that process. Nate is a movement master! I developed a lot of confidence and trust in my body and my work in his movement classes, which is so invaluable to me as an artist and a human being.

– Catherine W.

Alumnus

Nate is hilarious and incredibly generous. He creates such a safe place to explore your edges and try new things. Nate instills in each performer a true love for creativity and play, and I miss being in class with him daily.

– Victoria M.

Alumnus

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Nate the Great has a magical way of assessing each individual’s areas of tension and what each person can work on. He has a playfulness about him that brings a lot of joy into the room, so it’s always fun working with Nate! He also knows what he’s talking about and doing- he’s a true expert in Movement!

– Grace S.

Alumnus

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