Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp

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Stephen Clapp, Co-Artistic Director, M.F.A.
Dance Box Theater
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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
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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.