Hi there! My name is Nathan and I am The Drama Merchant.
Since the early days of my career, I’ve always thought of myself as an unabashed salesman. I’ve sold myself on the belief that anything is possible and that passion and creativity are all you need to achieve impossible things.
I believe I can inspire people by selling them on themselves and teaching them to embrace what makes them different. I instil a confidence in my students to help them achieve things they never imagined were possible.
But like many things, it’s what you put in that you get out of it.
I’ve been a performer since 1998, performing and directing productions for various community theatre companies.
In 2001, I received the Adjudicators Award for Best Director in Queensland at the Brisbane Arts One Act Play Festival & two years later, at the age of 24, I was awarded 3rd Place at the Ipswich One Act Play Festival.
Travelling to Germany in 2004, I was introduced to the world of Pro-Am Theatre. There I pursued my love for the Arts, studying in Hamburg and Berlin from 2004-2005. Developing my production skills, I completed a course in Stage Direction at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. My commitment to my passion and creativity was rewarded with several nominations in 2015 at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards for a production I directed called "Accomplice". The show went on to receive awards for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and tied for the prestigious Outstanding Community Theatre Production award.
I have also staged shows in the Brisbane Anywhere Festival and in 2016/17 toured an interactive & immersive ghost story i wrote called "The Curiosity Experiment" in the Melbourne & Adelaide Fringe Festivals to sell out performances.
Everybody is blessed with a vivid imagination! But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so does the bright imagination of a person pale if they cease to exercise it. As the Drama Merchant, my aim is to deliver and establish a creative and emotional experience using theatre, to emphasis the empowering factor of being creative & artistic. To instil self-confidence and teach people to sell them on themselves, their dreams, their goals and embrace what makes them different.