NATALIA PROVATAS

WRITER | FILMMAKER

Writer/Director Natalia Provatas is a first generation Los Angeles native of Puerto Greekan descent. Growing up, Natalia was drawn to writing as a way to share her journey of trying to fit into the world at large as a mixed-race American.

She is a published personal essayist, and her work often reflects how she grew up: looking at the funny-side of dark stuff. Her personal essay"What It’s Really Like Inside the Elite Conference for Health Bros” for Refinery 29 was voted one of Apple News’ “Weekly Must Reads.” Additional published work can be found in Real Simple Magazine, Dame Magazine, and Wework’s Creator Magazine. She is project manager for On the Inside, the largest art collection of currently incarcerated LGBTQ+ prisoners that opened at Abron's Art Center in NYC in 2016 and at The Craft Contemporary Museum in Los Angeles in 2019.

Natalia co-directed/co-wrote the dark comedy short film Canary Suicides, which won the "Audience Award" at Holly Shorts, and was an official selection at both SXSW and Cleveland International Film Festival. Previously, Natalia was on the writing team of BOO: Earth Division for DreamWorks Animation Television. In 2018, she was selected as 1 of 10 fellows for the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Series Script Writer’s Program. She is a Woman’s Center for Creative Work 2020 Grant Recipient. A fellow in the 2020 Disruptor’s Fellowship facilitated by Joey Solloway’s 5050by2020 and The Center of Cultural Power. She also writes about sexuality, the body, female identity, and surviving breast cancer from a multicultural lens. She is currently working on her memoir,Ghosting My Death Doula, a series of funny personal essays about having cancer in your thirties.

She currently lives In Eagle Rock with her dog Norman, both dance for treats.