Nathalie Claude

Nathalie Claude is a Montreal based actor, director, dancer, choreographer, writer, musician, clown, artistic coach, and dramaturg. As an actor she has over 50 professional theatre, dance, film and television credits. Her solo collaborative creations have toured across Canada, USA and Europe and garnered prizes and extensive media attention.

In the last 30 years she has been performing with Omnibus, Le Pool, Carbone 14, Pigeons International, Brouhaha Danse, Théâtre PÀP, Théâtre Il-va-sans-dire, Créations Diving Horse, Montréal Danse, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Sybillines, Imago Theatre, The Other Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Cirque du Soleil, touring in over 20 countries. She has appeared in several Canadian films, and television series, and for 6 years played a lead character on Quebec’s beloved sitcom, KM/H. In the fall of 2008 Nathalie won Best Actress at the MECCA awards  (Montreal critic circle awards) for her role as  Emily the “Pig” in the Imago Theatre production of The Baroness and the Pig. 

She is a member of Momentum; a Montreal theatre company comprised of 9 artists with distinctive visions. They are united in the shared desire to create contemporary works, and transcend the boundaries of the discipline. Her own creations with the company include, the critically acclaimed Les Filles de Séléné (1999-2001), La Fête des Morts co-created with Céline Bonnier (2002-2004), and Limbes/Limbo (2004) a co-creation with the dancer Lin Snelling.

Nathalie has also created six physical theatre solos including: The Sadness Trilogy (1999-2003); The Madness Trilogy and others. From 2001 to 2006 she wrote, directed, and performed five bilingual vaudevilles, for the sapphic and old-fashioned cabaret created by Miriam Ginestier: Le Boudoir. And between 1995-2001, she was a member of the musical collective: Les Secretaires Percutantes (The Percussive Secretaries) comprised of 7 actress-percussionists playing in kitsch costumes, with caustic humor, feminist joy and wild rhythms. “The secretaries” (Nathalie Claude, Mireille Leblanc, Suzanne Lemoine, Sylvie Moreau, Brigitte Poupart, Dominique Quesnel, et Isabelle Villeneuve) performed in many bars, cabarets, festivals an events of all kinds, including: Les Francofolies, Just For Laughs, Nuit d’Afrique, Black and Blue, and did an hommage at Gala les Olivier in 2001, for one of Quebec’s revolutionnary female artists: Clémence Desrochers.

In 2009 she was invited by the  Montreal  Museum of Fine Arts to co-design  the largest-ever retrospective of works by the celebrated pre-Raphaelite British artist, John William Waterhouse (1849-1917): The Garden of Enchantment. Then in 2010 she directed the opera by Gertrude Stein, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights for the Theater Department of Concordia University in Montreal.

She is also a very active and in-demand MC for cabarets and festivals of all genres, and was for 4 years (2008-2012) an artistic coach for actors, characters, and clowns for Cirque du Soleil. From 2012-2015, she toured with Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, in which she created and played the male clown Jeeves.


List of Works