Stephen Clapp, Co-Artistic Director, M.F.A.
Dance Box Theater
Stephen Clapp is a cultural strategist and change agent who maintains a professional creative practice as Co-Artistic Director for Dance Box Theater with Laura Schandelmeier. His work is mission driven with a passion for developing creative solutions to strategic and logistical challenges. At the intersections of the performing arts, social justice and service to the field of dance, Stephen has engaged with communities of children, adults, seniors, artists, organizers, administrators, and veterans with arts-integration strategies that foster self-determination, innovative thinking, equitable communication systems and creative problem solving. Stephen earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the George Washington University in dance performance and choreography after receiving a full university fellowship. His current work includes choreographic inquiry around racism, development of movement-based anti-oppression experiences, music composition for dance, and strategic consulting for individuals and organizations in the arts. After working as a grants manager for over 9 years under the mentorship of Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley at Dance Place, Stephen served as Executive Director for Dance Metro DC from 2012-2018. During his tenure with Dance Metro DC, he rebuilt the organization from an online calendar listing to a highly impactful regional arts service provider. Stephen is also a board member and facilitator with Alternate ROOTS. He has toured nationally and internationally with Dance Box Theater, ClancyWorks Dance Company, CatScratch Theater, Kinding Sindaw, and was a founding member of the Boston-based ensemble, The Other Theater. Stephen believes that the creative sector is uniquely positioned to foster and model innovation that can transform communities towards lasting and positive social impact.
Laura Schandelmeier, Co-Artistic Director, C.M.A.
Dance Box Theater