Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp

Dance Box Theater, Inc.
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Stephen Clapp, M.F.A.
Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director
Principal Consulting Partner
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Stephen Clapp is a Filipino-born cultural strategist, equity facilitator, change agent, performing artist and choreographer who maintains a professional creative practice as Co-Artistic Director for Dance Box Theater with his creative and life partner Laura Schandelmeier. Clapp is a co-owner of DC Vegan, the national capital region's premier plant-based delicatessen specializing in cruelty-free and sustainable practices in the restaurant industry. His creative work aims to build social capital among communities with engagement through choreographic inquiry, devised theater performance, anti-oppression curriculum development and training, anti-racism facilitation, equity-based strategic planning, organizational development and cultural equity consulting. Clapp's approach to community engagement and organizing employs movement-based arts-integration strategies that foster self-determination, innovative thinking, open dialogue, collective decision making, power analyses, resource development and creative problem solving. With over two decades of professional experience using the arts as a tool for grassroots community development and creative changemaking, Clapp understands the necessity for transformative evolution for individuals, communities, organizations and businesses in order to move away from racist, neo-colonial and otherwise oppressive and problematic tendencies, towards a vision of equity, diversity and justice, where culturally marginalized voices are centered, honored, activated and celebrated.



Laura Schandelmeier, C.M.A.
Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director
Principal Consulting Partner
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Laura Schandelmeier is Co-Artistic Director of Dance Box Theater (DBT), was Artistic Director of Schandelmeier & Co. in NYC from 1988-1994 and a solo performer in the DC area from 1995-2004 when she began collaborating with Stephen Clapp. DBT has created and toured eight full-evening performance works with increasing recognition regionally, nationally and internationally. DBT has received commissions from the Creative Communities Fund, The Kennedy Center and received the 2010 Dance Metro DC Founder's Award for Innovation in Dance. Schandelmeier's work has been commissioned and presented by DTW and Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC and by The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The IN Series, and by WPAS in Martha @ Dance Place, curated by Richard Move in DC. In 2014 she was choreographer for Yentl, Directed by Shirly Serotsky at Theater J and Movement Consultant for a staged reading of Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski by Derek Goldman and Clark Young, featuring Academy Award nominee, David Strathairn. She has received several awards for her choreography including grants from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, the Suitcase Fund, Maryland State Arts Council and Prince George's Arts Council. She is a Master Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.