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Stephen Clapp



Biography

Stephen Clapp is a cultural strategist and change agent who currently serves as Executive Director for Dance Metro DC and maintains a professional creative practice as Co-Artistic Director for Dance Box Theater. His work is mission driven with a passion for discovery at the intersections of the performing arts, social justice and service to the professional field of dance. Clapp has engaged with communities of children, adults, seniors, professional artists, organizers and veterans with arts-integration strategies that foster self-determination, innovative thinking, equitable communication structures and community empowerment. He is a voting member of Alternate ROOTS and has facilitated arts-based cultural equity trainings nationally. Clapp earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the George Washington University in dance performance and choreography. After receiving a full university fellowship to the program, his research and performance work examined the intersection of contemporary dance and climate change communication. Clapp’s experiences in the arts have helped him to understand how the creative sector is uniquely positioned to foster and model innovation that can transform communities.
Stephen Clapp