Natalie studied at Glasgow University before joining 7:84 Scotland as Assistant Director. She later moved to the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme as Associate Director before embarking on an eclectic freelance career. She has worked with many theatre companies and Drama Schools including Birmingham Rep, Contact, Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, queerupnorth, Salisbury Playhouse and Rose Bruford, Central, Mountview and RWCMD. Natalie set up Truant Company with writer Billy Cowan to promote new writing with a LGBT perspective.
Natalie became Artistic Director of Theatre Centre in 2007 and has directed most of the company's repertoire since then, including How High Is Up? by Brendan Murray, Rigged by Ashmeed Sohoye, Under a Foreign Sky by Paula B. Stanic and The Day the Waters Came and Rise Up by Lisa Evans, Advice for the Young at Heart by Roy Williams and Layla's Room by Sabrina Mahfouz.