Stefanie is an action-based artist who specializes in dance, movement and performance. She has worked with many organizations such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Opera Company, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Williams College, Berkshire Community College, BaRT Charter School, Terpsichore Dance Studio, Lenox Community Center, Berkshire Dance Theatre, Hudson’s Operation Unite, Hudson Opera House, East Harlem Union Settlement Association, Art in Odd Places, Somerville’s ArtBeat, and Cambridge River Festival; as an artist, educator, performer, or choreographer. Presently she is on faculty with Community Access To The Arts and Kinesphere Movement Arts Studio.
Stefanie is developing with collaborating artist Monika Pizzichemi, They Dance For Rain which is an on-going dance making and photography project in Nairobi, Kenya that works with arts-for-social-change organizations including: VOCAL, Shangilia, ACREF, artists at GoDown Arts Center and Sarakasi Trust. Exhibitions of photographic work from the project have been featured in various Tap Festivals through the US including Austin’s Sole To Soul Festival and the Beantown Tap Festival. Pittsfield, MA being their artistic home-base has invited exhibits at the The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and The Whitney Center for The Arts.
Stefanie is the founder and artistic director of the Creatures Of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project and Pittsfield City Hoopla and is a performer with Nutshell Playhouse and Tap & Blues: Two White Girls & The Backbeat. She was a co-director and performer with the ethereal roving act of the Silver Swimmers (USA) from 2006-2013 and the Commonwealth Tap Collective based in Boston in 2008-09. A dancer with Caryn Heilman’s LiquidBody Dance for six years, Stefanie immersed herself in the the work of movement pioneer Emily Conrad. She collaborates frequently with various local and international artists, musicians and community development enthusiasts. Her work and development has been supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation.
Stefanie is a certified Gyrotonic instructor, former Americorps Member, graduate of UMASS Amherst with a degree in Environmental Sciences (focus on toxicology), and has taken artistic residency with The Storefront Artist Project (02-06) and Dana Bixby Architecture . She was a scholarship student for the Jazz Traditions (97) and Leading Communities to Dance/Choreography Lab (03) programs in the Jacob’s Pillow Professional School. She is a an active board member of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor, MA and on the mayoral appointed Cultural Development Board for the city of Pittsfield.
In Spring of 2007, Stefanie was recognized as a “Young Woman Moving the Berkshires Forward” by the Berkshire Eagle newspaper and awarded certificate as an asset to the community by State Senator Benjamin Downing.