Natalie Rich is a generative, comedic, queer af actor splitting time between Chicago and New York City.
She works in theatre, improv, commercials and voice over, creating original work from late-night cultural satire to frenzied episodic mischief to Bunraku inspired puppetry and mime. As an actor, she is known for both her physical work and her naturally dry wit. She has worked with Hulu, Audible, NPR, WNYC, Time Out, Oxygen, Bustle, TodayTix, HuffPost, Upright Citizens Brigade and more.
Recent performances include My Cousin Nelu is Not Gay (Ars Nova), Exposed Bone (The People’s Improv Theatre), Tartuffe and Electra (Two Headed Rep), Horse Girls (The Cell), The Elephant Man and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Natalie has workshopped plays by Jeremy O. Harris, Sarah Einspanier, Matt Cox, Gracie Gardner and Lucy Thurber.
She was awarded Best Comedic Actress at the Independent Television Festival for her role in The Weekend Detectives, a web series Natalie co-wrote with creative partner Max Reinhardsen. The project, dubbed a “stand out series” by Decider, was an Official Selection at the festival. Natalie’s comedy pilot Ride or Die was a selection at the same festival in 2021. Max and Nat can also be found around Brooklyn in comedy lineups, in 100 episodes of their public access talk show Max & Natalie LIVE! and on their biweekly podcast Imposter Syndrome.
Natalie has written numerous short plays for Ugly Rhino, the 24 Hour Plays and Rule of 7x7 (a New York Times favorite for virtual pandemic entertainment). She has co-created fully produced original works including the vaudevillian clown romp The Boehner Sisters, a two-hander sketch show by the name of Gimme an F! and several theatrical parodies as a company member of Recent Cutbacks, including Atreyu, Next Day Thrones, KEVIN!!!!! (Innovative Theatre Award Nominee), There is No Spoon, and CURRENTLY HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS at iO Chicago, May-June 2023.
photos by Whitney Browne
“Natalie Rich’s portrayal of Kevin’s mother (originally played by Catherine O’Hara) is simply a gift.”
Theatre is Good
“Natalie Rich delivers a stand-out performance as Kevin’s mother Kate McCallister, offering astounding levels of both touching emotion and laugh-out-loud comedy.”
The Reviews Hub
“[The Weekend Detectives] is full of hilarious running gags and subtle moments that make it a stand out series.”
“[The Weekend Detectives] matches up favorably against shows with far larger resource pools. It has the sharp plotting, amusing characters, and witty script of a top-notch workplace comedy.”