Jourdain Natasha Searles hails from Augusta, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Communications: TV & Cinema from Augusta University and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She writes screenplays, television, plays, cultural criticism and creative nonfiction.
Jourdain is a life-long student of film. She created the media criticism website, fishnet cinema. Jourdain is the primary contributor, with guest pieces written exclusively by women and femmes.
She co-hosts the weekly Bad Romance Podcast with fellow comedian and writer Bronwyn Isaac. Each week, they analyze a bad romantic film as well as provide criticism for the genre as a whole. Another major creative project is The Shady Lady Podcast, which is a conversational podcast that focuses on art, feminism and culture.
She performs stand-up comedy all over New York City. Her monthly stand-up show Madams of the Universe has been at QED Astoria since 2016. She has also performed at Broadway Comedy Club, Union Hall, The PIT, Under St. Marks, The Creek and the Cave and The Footlight among many other venues.
Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Idiot Box: An Exercise in Television Development” can be found in the Reese Library at Augusta University. Her graduate thesis, a half hour comedy-drama pilot titled “SOUL”, was presented as a staged reading at New York University’s Goldberg Theater in 2016.
Jourdain is a leftist feminist and very dedicated to social justice. She is also visually disabled, which is subject she discusses frequently within her work. With her writing and comedy, she strives to represent women of color in all their complexities.