Natalie Stewart Elder is a songwriter, theater maker, and arts administrator based in New York City. Though their experience within the theater world is multi-faceted, everything they do supports their ultimate goals of uplifting unheard voices, building a better future for all artists, and celebrating our victories along the way.
Reviewers have described Natalie’s writing as "intentionally chaotic" and "fucking hilarious.” Selected works include: #adulting: a millennial opera (St. Luke’s Theatre, Lowbrow Opera Collective, streamed online by Tacoma Opera), #adulting 2: here we go again (commissioned by Lowbrow Opera Collective), and Dragarella (NYU). With long-term collaborator John Brooks, they were selected as a winner of the New Voices Project at New Musicals, Inc. in 2018.
Natalie belongs to the Ballerina Kitties, a “musical theatre shit-posting group,” which wrote, produced, and performed in comedy cabarets at The PIT in 2019. Before moving to NYC, they performed in regional theaters in the Los Angeles area, and they made their off-Broadway debut as an understudy in The Scarlet Savior (St. Luke’s Theatre) during a blizzard.
As a producer and administrator, they create the conditions necessary for artists to thrive. Natalie has assisted in coordinating over 500 (and counting) auditions, classes, concerts, fundraisers, rehearsals, shows, and special events. They are also a founding member of the Trans Entertainment Guild, which supports trans artists, activists, and organizations.
Natalie has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine, and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.