That question weighed heavily on Nathan DeLaTorre’s mind when he entered Seton Catholic as a freshman. It’s a question almost everyone has asked at some point in life, but it’s especially critical and vexing to a high school freshman.
Would Nathan find the answer on the athletic field? In the classroom, perhaps?
Nathan eventually found what he was looking for on the stage, which has been his professional home since discovering his love of theater as a Sentinel. After joining Seton’s Drama Club, he began trying out for theater productions. The gregarious performer appeared in nine school productions, including a delightful turn as Professor Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady.”
Not only did he learn acting and stagecraft, but he gained skills that he’ll use for the rest of his life.
“Participating in Seton Drama Club changed my life,” Nathan recalled. “Seton theater helped me build confidence not only in the auditioning and performing aspects of the art form, but more so in real-life aspects, such as communicating with other people and truly taking the time to listen to what they have to say. I would not be the person I am today without Seton theater.”
After graduating from Seton in 2010, he enrolled at Arizona State University and continued acting in theater productions across the Valley. Nathan graduated from ASU in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. He applied for jobs in journalism but also listened to his heart and auditioned for Childsplay, the acclaimed professional theater company based in Tempe, Arizona. He was on the verge of accepting an anchor position in Iowa when Childsplay offered him the role of Kenji in “A Thousand Cranes.”
For Nathan, landing the role of a paid performer and teaching artist for Childsplay was “a dream come true” that began with a simple question.