Described as “A Talent of the Next Generation”, Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. She is a conceptual director, interactive designer, idea generator and performer from Geneva, Switzerland now residing in the US. Natasha is the President of NTiD, inc: a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences. She was voted one of the State of Florida's "Power Players" by Florida International Magazine.
Tsakos has created and produced 9 multimedia shows, 10 commercial and independent short films, including 7 for the Ford Fiesta Movement and a music video for 2011 e-music award winner April Henry. A year prior to the launch of Project Natal, better known as Xbox’ Kinect, Natasha was brought on as a creative developer working with engineers and Organic Motion Stage’s marker-less motion capture system developing an open source interactive motion software. The preliminary phases premiered at the eComm Conference in San Francisco in April 2010, and SIGGRAPH 2010. Tsakos is the creator of the 3D animated show UP WAKE, a four year commission inaugurating the Grand Opening of the Adrienne Arsht Center (formerly known as Miami Performing Arts Center) which brought her critical acclaim, CLIMAX which boldly opened the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico in 2012, OMEN a roller coaster through time integrating 3D projection mapping presented by Santillana for its smart school book initiative. ZO a full length interdisciplinary show comprised of 355 young artists from the Governor School for the Arts, in Norfolk, Virginia. 2 shows for the DISCOVERY CHANNEL premiering at the Gotham Hall on Broadway in 2013 & for DISCOVERY Brazil 20th Anniversary in São Paolo in 2014, and QUARRY a bombastic production commissioned by ad agency CIRCUS for the Global building materials and aggregates company HOLCIM at Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Natasha was honored to open the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL Imagination Talks with her piece "FACE FORWARD: A Manifesto for the Future", and was the official host of the all-day summit presenting some of today’s most influential and groundbreaking minds.
While the majority of her productions are universal and devoid of words, Natasha is an avid writer. She has written 12 original works together with “The Eskimans”, a full length cartoon for Nickelodeon, and is the published author of 2 books“The Lost Architect” and “COLOURS” available on Amazon and iTunes as a paperback, eBook and audiobook which she narrates. COLOURS won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Award. Natasha is also a classically trained actor and has dubbed over 900 TV shows and feature films, was exposed to over 300,000 people with 82 performances scheduled as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center first Theatre group “Urban Disturbance”, was the lead performer of Beautifully Bizarre troupe Circ X with over 10,000 scheduled events and 2 US tours, performed with Cirque du Soleil for the Super Bowl Opening Ceremony in 2007, entertained celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, the Miami Heat and performed at the Coachella Festival with Red Bull. Her work has been commissioned by Nickelodeon, MTVi, Miami Art Museum, Miami Light Project, Adrienne Arsht Center, Discovery Channel, Art Basel, and has been featured on The Travel Channel, HBO, MTV, and the BBC.
Distinguished by the New Times as “a female Bill Irwin, or Marcel Marceau on ecstasy”, Natasha worked with the Big Apple Circus (NYC) as a Doctor clown at the Miami Children Hospital for 2 years, and traveled to Haiti in 2012 bringing joy in camps and orphanages under the umbrella of non-governmental organization EcoWorks International. An advocator of the environment, she developed a Green campaign through her character ZERO and has worked with Greenpeace, the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach and ethical avant-garde fashion designer Luis Valenzuela. She is also a company member of Octavio Campos’ Hybrid Dance Theatre CAMPOSITION, last featured in the anti-bullying multimedia performance “Intention Intervention” premiering at the Frank Gehry New World Center. Natasha is honored to be an Ambassador to the UN SDSN Youth 2030.
Natasha believes in activating playfulness and out of the box thinking through creativity and innovation. She has spoken at the UNITED NATIONS, TED, GOOGLE, LA CIUDAD DE LAS IDEAS, KELLOGG INNOVATION NETWORK, IBM Summit, ART DIRECTORS CLUB, SIME Stockholm, PSFK, DESIGN WEEK MONTEREY, International Symposium of Mixed & Augmented Reality, National Innovation Conference, PENNY STAMP SERIES at the University of Michigan, the NATIONAL THEATRE CONFERENCE, TEDx Broadway, TEDx PuraVida Joven, TEDx San Diego, and is on the board of directors of TEDx Brasov. She was a nominee in 2012 and finalist in 2013 for the World Technology Awards presented in association with CNN, Time,Fortune Magazine, and Kurzweil Ai; And a selected judge for Ciudad de Las Ideas’ Gifted Citizen social entrepreneurship competition in 2015. Natasha is the winner of SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY’s Global Impact Competition, and was awarded a Google grant to attend the Graduate Studies Program at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, which focuses on accelerating technologies to address Humanity's greatest challenges. She is now the co-host and director of SingularityU Miami Salon which series begin in Fall 2016.Natasha is currently developing a new show BILLION BILLIONS set to premiere at Georgia Tech University in the Fall of 2017. Billion Billions leverages unique mobile technology, real time data and state of the art projection mapping to create a production that responds to real world events. She is passionate about the language of interactivity between the imaginary and the real, and creating extraordinary experiences on Earth and beyond. Contact her here if you wish to book her for a speaking engagement, commission a show, invest in her career or take her to space!
Natasha has a BFA in Theatre from New World School of the Arts Conservatory and University of Florida