THE NEW NATIVES
The New Natives is an emerging New York City-based theatre company which focuses on producing work by up and coming artists. Formed by Charly Clive and Jillian Geurts in 2015, The New Natives believes in making theatre for the people… contemporary, thought-provoking work that's funny, sad and everything in between. In 2016, the company produced “What’s your Fracking Problem”, a ongoing showcase of scenes and monologues by up-and-coming writers at the amazing Kinfolk Store in Brooklyn. In August, Charly will take her newest work “Britney” to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, reminding The United Kingdom what they are missing and what exactly a brain tumour means for a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. And of course, September marks the premiere of Wil Hart’s brilliant, experimental play “The First Man” at the Under St Marks Theatre in New York City. More information about the company, our collaborators and our upcoming shows can be found at thenewnatives.net
We at The New Natives believe no story is too large or too small and our mission is to create a platform for writers, directors, actors, designers who want to tell those stories. We want to bring theatre back to the people, by making affordable and accessible theatre for audiences from all corners of society. We aim to have no target demographic. We strive for artistic excellence and professionalism whether we are presenting work in its earliest foetal stages, or mounting full-scale productions. We aim to create an exchange between artist, audience and community, finding ways to give back and break down the wall between “the art” and the people watching it.
WHO ARE WE
JILLIAN GEURTS, co-founder
Jillian began her career as a physical theatre performer with acclaimed Australian company Zen Zen Zo. She toured internationally with their original Butoh-inspired work “Zeitgeist” and performed in multiple-award winning productions with them including The Tempest and Cabaret. Since finishing her conservatory training in 2015, Jillian has worked across the board in theatre, film and television in the United States. She can be seen in two episodic’s this Summer, including the season finale of Mind of a Murderer (Discovery ID Channel). Recent theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo + Juliet, A Tale for Winter and the world-premiere of Robin Hood: The Musical, written and directed by Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). Also, Irina in Three Sisters (Columbia Stages) and Merope in Wrecks (Underling Productions). www.jilliangeurts.com
CHARLY CLIVE, co-founder, writer
Charly's first rehearsed reading was put on at The St. Helen's Studio Theatre in Abingdon, Oxford (UK), a reading of the multifaceted drama Blue on Blue a play centered around and arms dealer in London and a female fighter pilot in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Following the performance of Blue on Blue Charly became affiliated with Cassarotto Ramsey Literary agency in London and as such was approached by the BBC to write a short radio play, Many Hundred Miles was submitted and shortlisted for broadcast.
Charly then moved to New York where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she originated the role of Marian in Douglas Carter-Beane's new musical Hood. Charly also worked closely with Douglas Carter-Beane as his Associate Playwright for his play Shows For Days starring Patti LuPone and Michael Uri at the Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theatre.
Charly made her New York writing debut with On Prosperity, a play centered around a small town in the wake of a school shooting, the play premiered at The Mary McArthur Theatre.
Charly's latest project was writing for the sketch show 'What's You're Fracking Problem?' and will be taking her show 'BRITNEY' to the assembly stage this year at The Edinburgh Festival.