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Award-winning writer-director returns to teach at CLHS

Dec. 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Nathan Gotsch, a 2001 graduate, has returned to Concordia Lutheran High School to lead its award-winning Martin Fischer Media Arts department.

As a student, Gotsch won first, second and third place in the video art category of Project XL, a statewide arts competition for Indiana high school students. His first-place entry was also awarded Best in Show in all categories and went on to win the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award for Student Achievement at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival.

After high school, he obtained a degree in cinema-television production from the University of Southern California’s nationally-ranked film program, where he was a Mary Pickford Scholar.

“I wouldn’t be working in entertainment if it weren’t for my time at Concordia, and I’m very excited to share the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in Los Angeles over the past 13 years with the next generation of Cadets,” Gotsch said. “I was very impressed with the administration and their desire to have a working professional in this role. Because of that, they’re providing the flexibility necessary for me to continue working on my own projects while teaching a full schedule of classes at Concordia.”

In 2011, Gotsch won the “There Is No Box” Award from the FX cable network and Apostle Productions at the New York Television Festival, which led to a blind script deal to create a new show for FX. He’s also developed a sitcom for Verso Entertainment and written and created digital content for Yahoo! and Funny or Die.

His most recent project, a narrative short film about domestic sex trafficking, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival this fall.

He is represented by the Gersh Agency.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at