Nathaniel Morrison, originally from Birmingham, graduated from the College in 2002 and was accepted into Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where he gained a BA(hons) in Performance. Dividing his time now between Birmingham and London, he is clearly a young man of many talents – actor, singer, songwriter and dancer.
Not only is he the founder and artistic director of The West End Gospel Choir, he is also part of newly-formed Motown revue group Affinity Soul, whose members met while filming as judges on All Together Now, and is their musical director.
Nathaniel, who made his professional West End debut playing Stevie Wonder in a production of Dancing in the Streets, has had an amazing start to his career; among his many theatre roles, his credits include Jersey Boys, Sister Act and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As if this was not enough, he also finds time to return to the College regularly to work with current musical theatre students, to pass on his expertise to the next generation of performers.
And now Nathaniel can add talent show judge to his varied career! He is delighted that the BBC have acknowledged his achievements and feels honoured to have been selected by them to appear on the industry-expert judging panel – “the 100” – on a national singing contest. Explaining his role on the show, he said: “I was involved in the programme from the start and helped with the development of the concept. I was part of a team invited to act as the judges on the original pilot filmed while the format was still being formed.
“I was looking for the whole package. I wanted a performance that takes risks but that’s safe enough to enjoy without feeling nervous. Singing at the edge of your range where you can feel the energy and the passion. I want someone who engages and connects with the audience.”
Nathaniel credits Stratford-upon-Avon College with setting him on the road to his present career, preparing him for the industry and encouraging him to apply to drama school, and is particularly grateful to his lecturer for guiding him through every step of the way during the application process. “Stratford helped me in every way possible. Without the College I wouldn’t have a clue what is required in the performing arts world. They also take time to invest in their alumni. I feel very honoured that they keep in touch with me. You get great aftercare.”