Natascia Diaz (Singing)


WASHINGTON POST REVIEW IN CONCERT; The Versatile Natascia Diaz Sings @54Below    Most widely recognized for her potent presence in the Broadway documentary Every Little Step, from musicals to Shakespeare, Natascia has performed professionally since the age of nine. A New York native, she began her training at The School Of American Ballet, going on to receive a BFA with Honors from Carnegie Mellon University. After dancing the role of Anita with the New York City Ballet for their West Side Story Suites helmed by Jerome Robbins, she was hand picked by both Mr. Robbins and librettist Aurthur Laurents to perform the role in the subsequent National and International touring production of West Side Story.      Among her Broadway credits are the original companies and cast albums of Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Yolanda), and Seussical (Bird Girl), and the 2004 revival of Man Of La Mancha (Antonia), in which she also understudied the role of Aldonza, performing opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell. Off-Broadway, she starred opposite Patrick Wilson in Bright Lights, Big City directed by Micheal Greif, Saturday Night at Second Stage directed by Kathleen Marshall, in tick, tick...BOOM! opposite New Kid On The Block Joey McIntyre, the 2006 revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris, and in Lynn Nottage's play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.     Performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, she caught the eye of Signature Theatre in the 2002 Sondheim Celebration as Petra in A Little Night Music, and then as Rosalie in Carnival. In a review by Trey Graham of the City Paper; "Natascia Diaz, on the other hand, is the very embodiment of Broadway brass as Rosalie. She’s the real thing, and when she’s on, the stage comes reliably to life—and one of those times, she’s locked in a box with swords stuck through her, just sayin'." Making her debut at Signature Theatre she was cast without an audition in the lead role of Aurora/Spiderwoman opposite Will Chase and Hunter Foster in their production of Kiss Of The Spiderwoman. At the 2009 Helen Hayes Awards for her transformation into Scottish punk-rocker Monica P. Miller in the two-hander musical Rooms at Metro Stage, her presence in the D.C. theater scene cemented when she won her first Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in A Musical in a tie with theatre legend, Chita Rivera.      When Paul Simon and Diane Paulus chose her for the central role of Esmeralda Agron in the New York Public Theatre’s concert remount production of The Capeman at the Delacorte Theater in Central park, she captured the attention of The New York Times giving a performance that was, “heartbreaking…one of the most magnetic musical theatre performances of the year”, in addition to receiving a rave from Michael Riedel of the NY Post; "The cast was indeed exceptional, the standout being Natascia Diaz as Agron’s long-suffering mother. Diaz is a remarkable performer, as anyone who saw her in the fine documentary “Every Little Step,” about the casting of “A Chorus Line,” can attest. As I was leaving the park, I heard a critic singing her praises, adding: “Why don’t we see more of her?” Hear, hear!"     She took home her second Helen Hayes Award for Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, MetroWeekly and The Washingtonian calling her, "one of DC theatre's greatest performers". Later that year two English directors cast her in two very different pieces; first Christopher Renshaw to star in ZORRO at The Alliance Theatre opposite ALLADIN star Adam Jacobs, then Johnathan Munby cast her as Mariana in Measure For Measure at The Shakespeare Theatre. Subsequent roles in DC: her performance Jenny in Signature Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera won her another HH nomination capturing the headline of The Washington Post review, and making her debut at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, she originated the role of Betty #3 in the world premiere of Jen Silverman's feminist play, Collective Rage.    Pre-pandemic credits include Rafaella in Grand Hotel at NYC Encores, the world premiere play, American Underground at Barrington Stage; and performing in the most demanding role of her career, she took home her third Helen Hayes Award for her "obsessively watchable and gorgeously sung" (Washington Post) role in a "career-defining performance" (BroadwayWorld) as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's sumptuous Passion. Newly signed with DGRW as her new agency, she continues to enjoy a bi-state career and presence in both New York and Washington. Follow her journey on IG:@LadyDiaz777 and Twitter:@NatasciaDiaz