Background: Bolivian/ American
*Big fan of wigs
*Big fan of wigs
NATASHA MERCADO is an actress, director, producer, writer and theatre arts educator. She was born in a small town in Maryland, lived in New York for a minute, moved to LA and became a clown.
She has extensive experience in NYC and LA with sketch, improv and character. She's also studied with some of the best clowns including Dr. Brown, Chad Damiani, the Idiot Workshop, Eric Davis, the London Clown School, Stefan Haves and Philippe Gaulier, to name a few.
Her work has been featured on Adult Swim, HBO, TBS, Más Mejor, (Broadway Video’s premium comedy studio powered by Latino voices) and stages across LA. Natasha created the first ever monthly clown show at UCB Franklin called "Send in the Clowns".
Currently, she is touring her award-winning solo clown show “Tree”-- accolades include an encore run at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Stage Raw's "Top Ten Shows in LA" 2022, Times Colonist's "5 Must See Shows" 2022, the Hollywood Fringe Scholarship 2022 and Victoria Fringe "Pick of Fringe - Best Physical Theatre 2022". “A master comic storyteller... non-stop hilarity" Inger Tudor, Stage Raw
Natasha has worked as a producer and director on both coasts. For 5+ years, she has professionally produced events for the Upright Citizens Brigade to bring customized comedy programs to groups across the country including improv, sketch, storytelling and public speaking intensives. These workshops focus on creating an inclusive environment to help people get out of their comfort zones and reach a higher place of understanding with others while having fun.
She has virtually taught adults and children at Stomping Ground Comedy Theatre along with a workshop called “Playful Mindfulness” sponsored by the National Alzheimer’s Association to implement improv into the world of caregiving. In 2020, she was named an “Emerging Content Creator” by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
She also leads private and group clown workshops in for people interested in exploring techniques that implement vulnerability, physicality, emotion and other tools to give their performance a unique edge.
In addition to her performance background, Natasha is a plant medicine facilitator and tarot reader.