"the casting of fight director Nate Bitton as Laertes pays off in spades"
- My Entertainment World reviewing hamlet
Originally from Listowel, Ontario, Nate came to performance at a very young age. Between attending rehearsals for the local community musical theatre troupe with his mom and singing along with Disney standards such as The Lion King, it was only a matter of time until he found himself in the spotlight. In high school he began working at Theatre 3-11, first as Front-of-House, then sound and lighting technician until finally making his way on to the stage in various supporting roles.
From 2005 to 2009, Nate attended the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College’s joint Theatre and Drama Studies program. During this time he also began his stage combat training, primarily learning from the instructors at Rapier Wit in downtown Toronto. This training helped Nate define his own particular style of physicality in performance, which led to lead roles in both of his graduating productions at UTM.
Since graduating, Nate has had the pleasure of creating theatre with many established and breakout artists across Toronto. Nate has performed on many of the more intimate spaces of the city, including the Storefront Theatre and Monarch Tavern, while also tackling larger houses such as Factory Theatre and Hart House Theatre.
While making a name for himself on stage, Nate has also become a prominent figure behind the scenes working as a stage combat instructor and fight director. At the 2015 My Entertainment World “My Theatre Awards”, Nate was presented with the “Honorary Award” for his fight direction in 2014, which was featured in no less than nine shows across the city. In early 2016 Nate made game-changing history when he received certification with Fight Directors Canada (FDC) as their first ever, Non-Union Fight Director, joining the ranks of some of the world's top fight directors.
Nate has worked on everything from intimate indie shows to timeless musicals, premier contemporary to barroom Shakespeare. An actor and stage fighter, Nate continues to work tirelessly to promote safe, engaging, story driven stage violence while also using his experiences to hone his own acting craft. A lover of music, dance and movement, Nate is always for looking new and exciting ways to change the face of contemporary and classical theatre.