Natasha Greenblatt is on the Rise

Published: April 2nd 2010
in Culture » Stage

Natasha Greenblatt
Pic: courtesy of FLIP Publicity

Anne Frank was certainly a role I wanted to play since I was really young, probably because of my interest in her from when I was young and reading her diary. I really wanted to play her, so it was kind of a fulfillment of that particular dream. I think certainly being Jewish affects a lot of aspects of my life. I think it had nothing to do with this role, and it’s lucky to not be only cast as Jewish because that can be limiting sometimes, but I think that it is also really exciting to be able to explore that aspect of my background. Being Jewish is a large part of my life, in different ways.


You spent two months teaching drama in the West Bank in 2009. How did that come about, and what was that like?


Well, I guess that’s what I mean in the sense that it’s a big part of my life and the choices I make. I went on Birthright with a close friend of mine, and then we really felt that if we were going to go there, we wanted to spend some time in the West Bank as well. It was right after last year’s attacks on Gaza, so it was a bit nerve-wracking, but enough people said that the West Bank wasn’t being physically affected. So we went on Birthright, and then we spent a week in Tel Aviv hanging out with a friend who was working with an NGO there, and then we spent two months in Nablus in the West Bank, teaching drama. The whole thing was an incredible and life-changing experience, but I loved being in the West Bank and working with kids and women. It was incredible, the way that drama can cross communication boundaries. I’m writing a play based on that experience as well.


You’ve done a good mix of film, theatre, and TV. What do you like about all three mediums?


I really like the collaborative aspects of them all. The thing I really like about film – and I haven’t been doing as much film and television recently – is that you work more intimately with all the different aspects of the production. The creative team is more present, while in theatre, you’re in a rehearsal hall with the director and stage manager, and then very late in the game the designers come in. Although, with this production it was exciting because a lot of the designers were there for the process more than I’ve experienced in the past. My first love is theatre probably, and I really love how you get so many times to do it. With theatre you keep on discovering it again and again.




A Boy Called Newfoundland runs until Apr. 11 at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space. For more information, visit


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