Writer

stein_319Growing up in a family that loved books, Navida has always been an avid reader. She got her first library card when she was 4! Fascinated by the beauty of language and the power of the spoken word, Navida writes for storytelling and theatrical venues, as well as being a regular reviewer and contributor to the online New York arts magazine StageBuddy.

As a playwright, Navida has written two full length plays and several adaptations, one-acts and the books to two musicals with composer/lyricist David Brunetti. Her play, Controlling the Canon was produced by The New Jersey Women’s Theater Cooperative in Madison, New Jersey. Her adult solo performance pieces weave together personal stories, music and myth.

These include URBAN ZEN, which won Best Non-Fiction Script at the 2012 United Solo Festival, Watch Like a Sparrow, about her father and OCD, and Mrs. Cristofoli’s Daughter for a Day.

She has adapted numerous folk tales and fables for elementary school aged kids to perform in the classroom.

Navida has two pieces in development, The Willa Cather Salon – a play with vocal salon music from the turn of the century & The Shame Show.

She has been a student of Gretchen Cryer (Solo Performance) for 6 years and studied playwrighting with Emily Mann at the Southhampton Writers Conference in 2010.

She has a deep love for poetry, reads poetry regularly in search of the meaning of life and occasionally writes a poem. As a teaching artist, Navida has taught her unique poetry workshops in the NYC public schools, published student’s chapbooks, and led Planting the Seeds of Peace® workshops that combine poetry writing and art making, culminating in multi art installations.

PLAYS, MUSICALS & ADAPTATIONS

The Willa Cather Salon

  • Full length play with 19th century salon music using three of Willa Cather’s short stories
  • Staged reading in NYC
  • Work in progress – currently working on it with Amy Wegener, Literary Mgr., Actors Theater of Louisville

Controlling the Canon

  • Full length play
  • Production – The New Jersey Women’s Theater Cooperative in Madison, NJ — March 2000

Blitzkrieg over Iowa

  • Full length play
  • Two staged readings in NYC

TLC – a new musical

  • Staged reading at Trilogy Theater
  • Book writer Navida Stein
  • Composer/lyricist David Brunetti

Black Bart –a musical based on the life of the most famous 19th century stagecoach robber

  • Staged reading in NYC
  • Book writer Navida Stein
  • Composer/lyricist David Brunetti

A Night with Navida

  • Staged reading of four one act plays
  • A Kool Dowidzena, Beware the Yellowtail, Lo How a Rose, A Melange of X Chromosomes
  • Grace Church in the Village Playreading Series, New York City

Folktales and Fables from Around the World

  • Adaptations for the classroom of Aesop’s fables and multi-cultural folktales using choral speaking and rhythmic group storytelling techniques. Developed as an artist in residence with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), YANY (Young Audiences New York) and other NYC Arts in Education organizations.

SOLO PERFORMANCES & STORYTELLING

Urban Zen*

  • United Solo Festival 2012. Winner of Best Non-Fiction Script

Watch like a Sparrow* – a journey with my Father and OCD

  • Two staged readings in NYC

Mrs. Cristofoli’s Daughter for a Day*

  • Staged reading in NYC

The Shame Show*

  • Work in progress

Stories Alive

  • One woman show of stories from around the world, adapted by Navida Stein with original music.

Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing? The Survival of a Schizophrenic Storyteller

  •  One woman show produced by The New York Arts Group

*Developed in Gretchen Cryer’s Solo Performance classes

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