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Stephen Clapp


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 serves on the board 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.

Clapp understands the necessity for arts professionals to take on many roles in order to achieve personal and community goals. His experiences with entrepreneurship and stewardship in the arts have brought him to hold multiple responsibilities that span choreography, fundraising, marketing and communications, personnel management, relational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, board relations, management consulting, contract negotiations, presenting and performance.

Artist Statement/Focus

Innovation, collaboration, social justice and the human condition are the cornerstones of our artistic vision. As co-artistic directors who have been creating together since 2004, we have refined a creative process over time that is fluid, collaborative, non-conventional and transformative. Our shared curatorial vision is that performing artists contribute significantly to the economic and cultural vitality of our nation and planet by helping communities to navigate the complexities of our society through creative engagement and experiencing multiple perspectives.

Our creative vision includes a social viewpoint that is rooted in the principles of shared power, open dialogue, equitable partnerships, transformation of individuals and communities, an aesthetic that reflects the diversity and multiple perspectives present among our communities, and an ethic that pushes the boundaries of genre, perception and art itself. We believe that there is a spectrum of excellence throughout the performing arts sector that spans community-based initiatives, regional arts programming and internationally-acclaimed artists. We approach all of our collaborators with a respectful appreciation for the assets each partner brings to the table. We have learned that audience development can happen when communities are provided with educational opportunities and creative happenings aimed at engaging people of as many ages and backgrounds as possible.
Our vision has been cultivated over time through strategic risk-taking, contextual development, love of contemporary performance, and with a full understanding of the scope and power that the performing arts has on our global community.

E-mail stephen@danceboxtheater.org
Phone (202) 549-7150
Web Links Website
Location 3603 Upshur Street
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