The goal in storytelling is always to get to the truth. I’m so fortunate to have had myriad opportunities so far to collaborate with tremendous talents, both in front of and behind the camera, as I experiment with and explore human connectivity. One of the most important things that I remind myself is to do everything I can to not problematize my art or let it disappoint me: which starts with focusing on and prioritizing the work and collaboration, and not the end product. I let the end product be the result of putting those I trust and respect in positions to succeed. That will always be enough, because I can’t control the rest.
For as long as I can remember, I've been telling stories. There was a very real desire to elicit a reaction from my family members, and then from my friends and superiors. I thrived on laughter and applause. Being the class clown turned into summer theatre in the park. Acting classes became an agent in New York City. Auditions became on camera roles. Meanwhile, I wrote poems, short-stories and streams of consciousness because I felt them.
When I got to Syracuse University, I took my first multimedia storytelling class that put a camera into my hand and helped me convert the short-stories that I had been writing into short screenplays and then into short films. Once I got a taste for directing, I never looked back. My passion for acting continued throughout my four years at Syracuse as I appeared in over 30 short films and sketch comedy shorts.
I graduated in May of 2014, Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Television Radio and Film, having minored in English and Textual Studies with a Film and Screen Studies focus. My major helped me fine tune my filmmaking skills while my minor helped me fine tune my film discourse skills and appreciation.
Since graduating, I have been working full-time as a DGA Production Associate as a member of the Emmy-Winning Directing team for Disney/ABC's General Hospital, where I won four Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, 2020, 2021, and 2022. I have been writing/directing 2-3 short films a year since 2014, screening in festivals around the world (including the Short Film Corner of Cannes 2015, 2017, and 2018) and having garnered over 30 awards.
From 2011-2020, I was producing content under the P 1 2 3 Productions banner in association with SoZa Productions, S.D.U.T. Productions, We Made it in Toronto Productions, The Malt Shop, and small/TALL Productions, LLC.
In January 2020, small/TALL Productions LLC was created in partnership with writer/producer Rosie Grace. The first title to be produced under small/TALL is 2020's Ride Share, though 2018's She & Her was the first collaboration between Grace and Hapke.
2010 - present
2010 - present
Hapke & Grace of small/TALL Productions, LLC:
P 1 2 3 Trivia:
Nate's original production company, P 1 2 3 Productions, is named for the seats that he and his two best friends from college would sit in at every home football and basketball game during their undergrad at Syracuse University. Section 102, Row P, Seats 1, 2, and 3.
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