Navida Stein

Type: Workshop, Residency

Art Form: Storytelling, music

Grade Level: K-12 

Navida Stein is a storyteller, actress, musician and writer.

Navida lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her husband James in a 310 square foot studio along with a piano, a violin, lots of rhythm instruments, art supplies and yoga props.

As a storyteller, Navida has been telling stories for many years to young and old alike. She tells folktales, fables & fairytales from around the world, ancient myths, old stories with new twists, and original stories based on paying attention while living life. Her stories are enriched with original music – a song, a chant, and accompaniment with a violin, a piano or a drum.

In addition, Navida sings, is an excellent violinist and plays the piano. She has used her musical abilities on stage in shows like Cowgirls and A Christmas Carol.  

As a violinist, she plays in the Queer Urban Orchestra and the 92nd Street Y Community Orchestra but can also do some mean fiddling and play a heartbreaking Irish ballad. The piano plays an important part in her role as a teaching artist in schools and community centers as she sings songs and tells stories. She uses the piano/keyboard as an extension of her storytelling artistry.

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.

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