Nathaniel Keuter was born in Menlo Park, California to modern dancers Cliff Keuter and Elina Mooney. In fact, Cliff Keuter was on the cover of Dance Magazine the month Nathaniel was born. His parents eventually joined the dance faculty of Arizona State University, alongside long-time friend and colleague Daniel Nagrin, and Nathaniel began his life-long love affair with the performing arts, studying under Steve Wilson, Debra Jo Davey, and Bart Evans.
After receiving his BA in Musical Theater from the University of Northern Colorado, Nathaniel Shaw moved to New York to pursue a career in theater and dance. In 2004, Nathaniel was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Nathaniel and his father are the only parent-child combination to have both danced for Mr. Taylor. Initially, he was brought on board as a temporary replacement for Taylor-great Patrick Corbin who was out with an injury. However, Mr. Taylor quickly saw Nathanielís potential and offered him a full-time position, briefly carrying an extra company member to make room for him. In just three years with the company, Nathaniel danced featured roles in Taylor classics such as 'Mercuric Tidings', 'Lost Found Lost', 'Arden Court', 'Sea to Shining Sea', and 'Cloven Kingdom' amongst many others. He also originated roles in new Taylor classics 'Spring Rounds' and 'Banquet of Vultures'.
In 2006, Nathaniel returned to the theatre, playing such iconic roles as Curly in 'Oklahoma', while also dancing Dream Curly for choreographer Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance), Will Parker in 'Oklahoma', sharing the stage with Tony Award Winner Kelli OíHara and Tony Nominee Will Chase, Zach in 'A Chorus Line', under the direction of Mitzi Hamilton and playing opposite Jessica Lee Goldyn, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees alongside Jim Corti and directed by Jefferson Award Winner Marc Robin, Rooster in Annie with Jan Neuberger, Jerry Lukowski in 'The Full Monty', Jesus in 'Godspell', Riff in 'West Side Story', Ren in 'Footloose', Lt. Cable in 'South Pacific', Younger Brother in 'Ragtime', and The Emcee in 'Cabaret'.
In New York, Shaw began self-producing under Last Look Productions, a name chosen to honor the legendary Paul Taylor ballet, starring as Pale in 'Burn This', and Alex in 'Serenading Louie.' This effort led to the formation of The Active Theater, which Nathaniel led as Artistic Director for six seasons. Under his leadership the company collaborated with artists such as Tony Nominees Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Xanthe Elbrick, Jeremy Dobrish, Michael McGlone, Marc Robin, ACME Sound, Bobby Pearce, and Paul Miller. Estelle Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Austin Pendleton, Dee Hoty, Chuck Cooper, and Bobby Steggert all raised their voices in support of Active and its mission. For the company, Shaw directed the first New York City revival of 'The Violet Hour' , which received an Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Revival, the World Premiere of 'Bridgeboy', and the World Premiere of 'Body Language', which received four nominations at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. He later remounted 'Body Language' starring Lucy Owen and Christian Campbell.
Nathaniel's regional credits include the direction of 'Peter and the Starcatcher 'at Virginia Rep, the direction and choreography of 'South Pacific' at West Virginia Public Theatre, starring Jessica Lee Goldyn, 'Hair' and 'Hairpsray' , which earned a combined 20 New Hampshire Theatre Award nominations including Best Production, Best Director, and Best Choreography for each, 'Legally Blonde', 'Damn Yankees', starring Jessica Lee Goldyn and Dirk Lumbard, 'Miracle on South Division Street', which received a nomination for Play of the Year at the Syracuse Area Live Theater Awards, 'Grease', 'Stop the World I Want To Get Off', 'A Chorus Line' and 'Spelling Bee'.
In 2013, Nathaniel joined the team of the Tony Award winning production of Once as an Associate Choreographer for Tony Nominee Steven Hoggett. In addition to oversight of both the Broadway production and First National Tour, Nathaniel traveled with Tony Award Winning director John Tiffany and Music Supervisor Martin Lowe to cast productions in both South Korea and Australia.
In 2015, Nathaniel joined the Tony and Olivier Award winning producers Glass Half Full as the Development Director, responsible for sourcing new projects for development and eventual production. Glass Half Full is best recognized for the Tony Award Winning production of 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime', 'Twelfth Night' and 'Richard III' starring Mark Rylance, and the Olivier Award winning 'Sunny Afternoon'.