We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Cohen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We started NCo Creations to create a space where a variety performing artists can have a space to confront their fears, needs, wants, questions, etc. in their art which will be shared. Sometimes artists just need space to collaborate and workshop without pressure. We’re also by artists, for artists. We make it a comfortable place to be with lots of love and fun at all times!
We also want to engage an audience who isn’t the typical “theatre” goer. Art should be accessible and appreciated by the mass, and not exclusive. We create works for our audience that feel familiar and slide in something new that they may not know, but end up loving!
One of our largest components of NCo is our EDU programming. We offer virtual classes that are donation based making it accessible to all communities. The teaching artist also a very larger percentage of the donation – again, by artists, for artists. I think what really makes our EDU programming special is giving performance artists the opportunity to become teachers. Our staff consists of teachers, both general education and arts education. We are beginning to offer programming this summer, free of charge, to help create a toolbox for artists to become teachers – adding to their craft!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We really focus on allowing artists the opportunity to perform and teach. We also host virtual classes that aren’t exclusive, are accessible to many communities, and have a diverse audience. We focus heavily on many social issues and challenges, and are welcoming to all to participate in our work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
OOooo Ok Well we’d def have breakfast at Eleven City on Wilshire Blvd. I’m a sucker for diner food (NY’er in me).
We’d then take a nice long, spontaneous drive – maybe up the coast and then pivot to Ojai, or east towards Palm Springs.
If it’s a quick drive, we may end up having lunch at Dinah’s Chicken – gotta get fried with fried. After that, maybe have a nice sunset view from Griffith or head to a show at the Masonic Lodge in Hollwood Forever or El Rey.
After that, if we’re feeling frisky, we’ll head to Club Jam in Koreatown for live band karaoke! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dedicate to our team and my family. We have a team that consists of artists and staunch supporters of the arts. Our team is very well rounded which allows us to share unique ideas that ultimately come to fruition in the most beautiful way. I’m super grateful to my friends in the performing arts industries that have allowed me to share experiences and ultimately learn from them and their stories. Another shoutout is to my co-teachers in education – this has really propelled me to make sure arts education, which is something I fight for everyday, is just as important as any other academic class. I’m grateful to all of the artists who are also teachers. Giving and sharing is so beautiful. Also understanding that when your peers are successful, it makes room for others to join in the fun!
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