Nathan Davis attended Spectrum Progressive through middle school. Nathan’s parents are Sharon Nesbit – education and community engagement director for the Rockford Area Arts Council and George Davis, who is the executive director of the City of Rockford human services division.
Sharon was the drama teacher at Spectrum when Nathan and his sister, Bahiyyih, attended. No wonder he pursued a career in the arts! His teachers remember Nathan performing in many plays and filling journals with stories and illustrations during silent reading and writing time. Nathan was one of the first students to go to Spectrum through middle school at the inception of our middle school program. He wrote one of his first scripts, an adaptation of Lord of the Rings, while he was a middle school student here! Nathan is married with children now and is living in Indiana. His nephews Nasir and Malik El-Shabbaz are current Spectrum Students. One of Nathan’s plays was recently nominated by his MFA program for a national competition sponsored by the Kennedy Center and a National Playwriting Organization. Out of 82 submissions by MFA programs across the country, they select five to bring to Washington to workshop the plays and network with professional theater companies looking for new plays. Nathan’s play WON! They are flying him out this summer for the five day event. Also an actor, Nathan has performed with theatre companies throughout Chicago including Collaboraction, Goodman Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Pegasus Players and Raven Theatre—as well as understudying at Steppenwolf Theatre. Internationally, he has served as a writer, performer and dialogue facilitator in South Africa for the dance/drama troupe Beyond Words.