Nathan Autrey holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Texas and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. He has over ten years of experience in education and as a professional actor and director. Nathan has taught theatre both at the secondary and collegiate level, including the construction and implementation of theatre curriculum for three different Texas school districts. Nathan was awarded the Bayard Friedman Drama Director of the Year award in 2015 and his production of Shrek the Musical won Best Musical in the Betty Buckley Awards in 2014. Professionally, Nathan helped create Broken Gears Project Theatre. Under his direction, Broken Gears was awarded a Top Ten Production in 2010 for John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Dallas Morning News), and BEST Production in 2011 for The Pitchfork Disney (Dallas Morning News). Broken Gears also performed the US premiere of The Magdalene Whitewash and the English premiere of The Hand by German Madriad. Nominations for Nathan also include John Garcia’s: The Column for Best Direction and numerous positive theatrical reviews within top Dallas Fort-Worth area publications. He also served as an Artistic Associate for the non-profit Classical Theatre Company – Stolen Shakespeare Guild, where he has directed and acted in several productions each season. Lawson Taitte of the Dallas Morning News called Nathan the “youngest, talented director in Dallas.” These past few years Nathan has worked and directed for three different Off-Broadway Theatres in NYC: The Daryl Roth Theatre, HERE Arts, and The Irish Repertory Theatre. His recent work, Lenny Bruce is Back, was nominated for Best Touring Show of the Year in 2018 by Broadway World and featured nominations for both Best Direction and Best Actor. Nathan is a proud member of the SDC and excited to be joining the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre as their new Artistic Director.