Nathan Winkelstein

NYC Casting Consultant

Member of of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Nathan has spent 10 years working as an actor, director, and teacher. After a brief stint studying to be a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago, he eventually committed to his true passion and received a BA in Theatre Studies from The University at Buffalo followed by a Masters in Classical Acting from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England.

Over the next several years Nathan cut his teeth performing with some of the top regional Shakespeare theaters including Shakespeare Theatre Company (for whom he currently works as a Resident Teaching Artist) and the Folger. During this time he also continued pursuing his passion for teaching and directing with numerous institutions throughout NYC and the country.

In the spring of 2015 he joined Louis Butelli and Psittacus Productions, through whom he has had, and continues to have, the pleasure of performing, directing and stage managing for Lincoln Center Education and other venues. Nathan currently serves as Psittacus Productions Associate Artistic Director.

During this time he also became part of the Red Bull Theater family, operating variously as an actor, director, and teacher for them. He is currently their Associate Producer and Producing Director of their Obie award-winning ‘Revelation Reading’ series.

Throughout these years, he refined his preferences and personal vision for crafting productions of the classics with an intense focus on creative, small cast, actor-oriented performances. He believes in an absolute loyalty to the original text while still allowing creative re-imaginings which don’t force plays onto pedestals, but rather allows them to be the living, breathing entities they were designed to be.

Nathan’s focus on classics led to his interest in creating new works of the same vein. With all of history to choose from, there are many stories to be written and revised. His current pet project is a new translation of Medea in Iambic Pentameter.