Nathaniel Justiniano

Assistant Professor
Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Nathaniel (Natty) Justiniano is an actor, deviser, director, and movement designer. He is the founding Artistic Director of Naked Empire Bouffon Company, through which he has toured North America with original works that use outrageous satire to interrogate our social and political climate. As an actor, he has performed with Shakespeare Orange County, Son of Semele Ensemble, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Dell'Arte Company, Thrillpeddlers, Cutting Ball Theater, and We Players.

Hired through the Presidential Faculty Inclusive Excellence program, Justiniano teaches courses in Performing Arts and the Comedic Arts program. Prior to joining Emerson, he taught at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Kinetic Arts, and Sacramento City College. He has served as Movement Designer for UC Berkeley's TDPS department, and as the Director of Physical Comedy for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival.

"Nathaniel Justiniano is a Bay Area comic treasure, with elastic physicality, impeccable timing and contagious silliness." -San Francisco Chronicle

About

  • Performing Arts
    Since 2018
  • MR 12p-1:30p

Creative Works

Co-Creator/Director/Actor, You Killed Hamlet, Naked Empire Bouffon Company

2012

Actor, Ubu Roi, The Cutting Ball Theater

2014

Clown, Tyre Change, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

2014

Co-Creator/Director, You F-ing Earned It, Naked Empire Bouffon Company

2014

Actor/Creator, Do What You Love, Naked Empire Bouffon Company

2015

Co-Creator/Co-Director/Actor, HEROMONSTER, We Players

2015

Actor, Ondine, We Players

2015

Actor/Assistant Director/Movement Designer, Midsummer of Love, We Players

2017

Actor/Co-Creator, Beowulf, We Players

2017

Grants

Individual Artist Commission Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission

2012

Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation

2015

New & Experimental Works Program Grant from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

2015

Puffin Foundation Grant

2015

Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission

2016

Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant

2016

Awards & Honors

Best of Fringe - San Francisco Fringe Festival for You Killed Hamlet

2012

Official Selection - Toronto Festival of Clowns with You Killed Hamlet

2013

Theatre Bay Area Award, Outstanding Performance - Featured Role for Ondine

2015

Official Selection - BLAST Festival, Berkeley, CA with Do What You Love

2016

Best of Fest - San Francisco Fringe Festival for You F-ing Earned It

2017

Artist's Choice Award - Edmonton International Fringe Festival for You F-ing Earned It

2017

Official Selection - UNO Fest, Victoria, BC with Do What You Love

2017