Natalie Taylor Hart

Scenic Design

About | Resume


Member of IATSE Local USA 829.


MFA in Sceneography, Ohio University 2005. Primary Areas: Scenic Design mentored by Ursula Belden; Props mentored by Tom Fiocchi. Secondary Area: Lighting Design mentored by Michael Lincoln.

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • 2016 Finalist in World Stage Design 2017, Set design, Fences, exhibited in Taipei, Taiwan July 1-9, 2017.
  • 2014 Fund for Excellence grant-RC4 wireless dimming gear.
  • 2014 Faculty Research and Development Summer Fellowship in Custom Designed Masks.
  • 2013 Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning grant funding supplies for a new Mask making Class.
  • 2012 Fund for Excellence grant funding guest artists for Theatrical Design and Production; Faculty Research and Development grant-mask making.
  • 2011 Grants awarded at Elon University to fund a campus visit by key members of the Belarus Free Theatre.
  • 2011 Associate Provost Special Grants-awarded for mask work including Peer teaching and study in mask making at the Sartori Museum in Italy.
  • 2010 Elon University, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Grant funds awarded to purchase a full set of scenic paints for use in my class and for professional training for students.
  • 2007 Designs featured in Ohio University's winning exhibit at Prague Quadrennial 2007.
  • 2005 Designs featured in the Digital Exhibition at World Stage Design, Toronto.
  • 2005 Ezekiel Award for The Mineola Twins. (Work featured at USITT Louisville Design Expo).
  • 2005 Selected to participate in The Clambake, hosted by Ming Cho Lee.
  • 2005 Selected to participate in the Young Designer's Forum at USITT National Convention.
  • 2005 Recipient of the Ohio Valley USITT scholarship for the National Convention.
  • 2004 Ezekiel Award for The Gods Are Not to Blame (Ohio Valley Chapter, USITT).
  • March 2003 Winner of "Best in Show" at SETC Props Competition; Deer Haunches from A Lie of the Mind.

Selected Scenic Designs

October 2019Tartuffe (Off-Off Broadway)Queens Theatre
Dir. by Lenny BanovezNew York City
September 2019Tech Support (Off-Broadway)59E59 Theatres
Dir. by Debra WhitfieldNew York City
January 2019White LightningTriad Stage
Dir. by Sarah HankinsGreensboro, North Carolina
January 2019Trojan BarbieElon University
Dir. by Kim Blair ShivelyElon, North Carolina
October 2018School for WivesElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
February 2018BabyElon University
Dir. by Linda Sabo
February 2018Our Town (as Scenic Consultant)Triad Stage
Dir. by Carl Forsman
October 2017American La RondeElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
February 2017Having Our SayTriad Stage
Dir. by Elizabeth Flax
February 2017You Can't Take it With YouElon University
Dir. by Fred Rubeck
April 2016FencesTriad Stage
Dir. by Tamera Izlar
February 2016The Light in the PiazzaElon University
Dir. by Linda Sabo
October 2015Harper ReganElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
April 2015Servant of Two MastersElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
January 2014Much Ado About NothingElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
October 2013RagtimeElon University
Dir. by Catherine McNeela
April 2013August: Osage CountyElon University
Dir. by Kirby Wahl
February 2013The Wild Party (Lippa)Elon University
Dir. by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato
January 2013Cloud 9Elon University
Dir. by Fred Rubeck
November 2012As You Like ItBurning Coal Theatre
Dir. by Mark SutchRaleigh, North Carolina
October 2012Crazy For YouElon University
Dir. by Catherine McNeela
April 2012Pride and PrejudiceElon University
Dir. by Kevin Otos
February 2012She Loves MeElon University
Dir. by Linda Sabo
January 2012MacbethElon University
Dir. by Kirby Wahl
October 2011HairElon University
Dir. by Catherine McNeela
April 2011AjaxElon University
Dir. by Kirby Wahl
February 2011RentElon University
Dir. by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato
January 2011Crimes of the HeartElon University
Dir. by Fred Rubeck
October 2010Children of EdenElon University
Dir. by Catherine McNeela
July 2010Blithe SpiritMonomoy Theatre
Dir. by Michael MontelCape Cod
October 2009Slave ShackAlgonquin Theater
Dir. by Debra WhitfieldNew York City
February 2007The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasHartt School
Dir. by Alan RustHartford, CT
March 2006The CrucibleColumbia University
Dir. by Marcina ZaccariaNew York City
March 2006Children of EdenThe Oakridge School
Dir. by Michael NewberryArlington, Texas
November 2005Man of La Mancha - Sets and LightingOhio University
Dir. by Michael PageAthens, OH
February 2005The Mineola TwinsOhio University
Dir. by William Fisher
July 2004OldFriends.comMonomoy Theatre
Dir. by MichaelJohn McGann and Julie Harris
April 2004The Gods Are Not to BlameOhio University
Dir. by Dr. Esiaba Irobi
March 2004Life in the Fat LaneCincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Dir. by Bert GoldsteinCincinnati, OH
September 2001ArtUniversity of North Texas
Dir. by Marjorie HayesDenton, Texas

Design Assisting Experience

November 2006Associate to Charlie SmithPapermill Playhouse
It's a Wonderful Life, Dir. by James BrennanNew Jersey
October 2006Drafting Assistant to Neil PatelVarious venues
Spring 2006Associate Scene Designer to David GalloBeatrix Theater, Utrecht
The Wiz, Dir. by Glenn CasaleThe Netherlands
Summer 2005Assistant Scene Designer to Steve GilliamThe MUNY
Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame, The Sound of MusicSaint Louis, Missouri
May 2005Assistant Scene Designer to David GalloRoyal Theater Carre
Beauty and the Beast, Dir. by Glenn CasaleAmsterdam
March 2005Assistant to the Environment DesignerRoyal York Hotel
World Stage Design 2005Toronto, Canada
Sept-Dec 2003Assistant Scene Designer to Ursula BeldenCincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Drawer Boy, Dir. by Michael Evan HaneyActors' Theatre of Louisville
January 2002Assistant Scene Designer to Michael SullivanWatertower Theatre
I Hate Hamlet, Dir. by Henry FonteDallas, Texas
April 2001Assistant Scene Designer to Michael SullivanUniversity of North Texas
The Crucible (opera), dir. Paula HomerDenton, Texas

Other Design Experience

May 2013Djealor - Projection DesignElon University
Choreographed by Jason AryehElon, North Carolina
May 2011Stones From the River - Lighting DesignElon University
Choreographed by Chris BurnsideElon, North Carolina
November 2006Event Design Director
to July 2009Corporate and Social EventsNew York and Los Angeles
December 2005Relative Obscurity - Production DesignPar-T-Com Productions
Feature Film written and dir. by Jeff RosenbergAthens, Ohio
November 2004Hair - Lighting DesignOhio University
Dir. by Michael PageAthens, Ohio
December 2003Final Critique - Production DesignOhio University
Short Film written and dir. by Dominika DittwaldAthens, Ohio


Hart, Natalie. "Fences." World Stage Design 2017. Taipei, Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology, 2017. Wang, Samuel, editor. pp. 166-167.

Hart, Natalie. "African Automaton." Poster Session: I Made It Myself. United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Fort Worth Convention Center. Fort Worth, TX. 27 March 2014. Poster presentation.

Taylor, Natalie. "A Dance of African Images: American Designers Explore the Beauty of Yoruba Culture in Ola Rotimi's The Gods Are Not To Blame." Theatre Design & Technology. Vol. 41 No. 2 (Spring 2005): 32

ABSTRACT: Designing the scenery, costumes, and props for a production of an African play at Ohio University required an in-depth exploration of another culture.

Featured in The Prop Building Guidebook by Eric Hart, published 2013 by Focal Press.

Props Artisan Production Experience

Assistant Properties Director at The Santa Fe Opera2013
"Motorized African Art" in premiere of All New People by Zach Braff, Second Stage, New York. The same featured prop traveled to the production in London at the Duke of York's Theatre.2011
The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.2010
Deer haunches created for Lie of the Mind at Ohio U also used in The New Group's Production.2010
Co-creator of the Gnome in Broke-ology at Lincoln Center2009
The Julliard School2010
New York University2009-2010
The Public Theater/NYSF2009-2011
The Santa Fe Opera (staff position)2003, 2005
Ohio University2003-2004
Adirondack Theatre Festival2002
University of North Texas2001-2002