Recent Theater and Dance alumna Natalie Palamides won the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in the UK. The Edinburgh Festival, UK is the world’s largest arts festival, presenting thousands of shows from around the world for three weeks every
Natalie received the £5,000 ($6,500) prize, for her show LAID, a comic one-woman show about the battle between
motherhood and breakfast.
Natalie began working as an actress, comedian, and writer in film and TV in Los Angeles immediately following her graduation in 2012, and has a recurring role voicing the character Buttercup in Cartoon Network’s
LAID was created through a process known as “devising,” in which performers create original material through a mix of physical and verbal improvisation. She first discovered a taste for this process at IUP, in classes in Clown and Devising with
Theater and Dance Professor Rick Kemp.
These styles form part of a new MFA program in Devised, Ensemble, and Applied Theater that has been developed by the Department of Theater and Dance to support
students in creating and performing their own material and to leverage the unique skills of its faculty.