The Kennedy Center

Stephen Clapp


Stephen Clapp is a dance artist, choreographer, theater artist, composer, and writer and has performed nationally and internationally as a collaborating artist with Laura Schandelmeier and with CatScratch Theatre, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and The Other Theatre. Clapp has been nominated for four Metro DC Dance Awards: Outstanding New Work (Haunted, 2009) Excellence in Sound Design (2007 and 2006); Emerging Choreographer (2005); and Outstanding Individual Performance (2003). He has received Individual Artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for Dance Choreography (2009) and Solo Dance Performance (2006). Clapp has had works presented by Dance Place (DC), the Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), The Other Theatre (MA) and the DC Improvisation Festival.

Clapp has toured throughout the East Coast and has facilitated arts-based anti-racism workshops with partners from Alternate ROOTS (Atlanta, GA). With CatScratch Theatre, Clapp collaborated on projects including The Greenline Project (2006), a series of community workshops, offered free to residents of the Columbia Heights (DC) neighborhood in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Metro (2004) created in collaboration with Co-Directors Jeramy Zimmerman and Jessica Hirst; Redline: Revisited (2004) a re-staging of Redline (2000) performed on the DC Metro train's Red line; The Cazals Project (2003) created and performed in a medieval Chateau in Southern France; and Project Y (2004) at Dance Place. In addition, Clapp composed the music for the re-staging of Project Y at the Goose Route Dance Festival in WV.

Clapp earned a BFA in Performing Arts from Emerson College. In 1996, he became a founding member of the Boston based performance ensemble, The Other Theatre. With The Other Theatre, Clapp created and collaborated on two original evening-length performance works: An Atlas of Change (1998) and Timepiece (1997); he performed in The Other Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1998) and co-created a collaborative work entitled Common Ground (1996). In New York City, Clapp performed in Richard Schechner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet (1999) and became a company member and performer with the Maranoa and T'boli (Philippines) dance performance group, Kinding Sindaw. 

Since moving to the DC area, Clapp has been a faculty member and education/community programs coordinator for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange School and has been on faculty of the Studio of Ballet Arts (Olney, MD), Dance Place (Washington, DC), Joe's Movement Emporium (Mount Rainier, MD) and has been a performer and teaching artist with the ClancyWorks Dance Company. He is a certified Arts Integration Specialist (MSAC, AEMS, YAM, TAI) and teaches dance, theater, creative movement and leadership to youth throughout the DC area. Clapp is a facilitator with the Alternate ROOTS Resources for Social Change program and is a Grants Manager with Dance Place.
Stephen Clapp