Stephanie Simpson is a contemporary and musical theatre choreographer and performing artist. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at Smith College in Northampton, MA where she was also a teaching fellow at the college and guest artist at Mount Holyoke College. Previously, Stephanie lived in Los Angeles where she was a member of two modern dance companies, Intersection Dance Project and Louise Reichlin & Dancer, and toured throughout southern California. In addition, Stephanie performed with a variety of theatres working with Broadway veterans, Jon Engstrom on a re-staging of “42nd Street” and Mark Knowles on several projects. In the commercial world, Stephanie has been seen in music videos and live performances as a back-up dancer for several up and coming pop artists. She has choreographed over 30 musicals on both the east and west coasts. She won an NAACP Award for Best Choreography for “Ragtime: The Musical” and was nominated for an NAACP Award for Best Choreography for her work on “Dreams in Variation,” a new, original musical, which premiered in Los Angeles. Stephanie was a scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow’s Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance program directed by Chet Walker, co-creator of Fosse. In addition, she has had the privilege of working with some great choreographers such as Brad Musgrove, Patricia Wilcox, Bill Hastings, Angie Hauser, Sonia Plum, BillBob Brown, Crystal Nilsson, and Katie Martin. Stephanie teaches master classes all over the east coast and in southern California and has been on faculty at Central CT State University, Elms College, and The Hartt School. She is a co-founder/artistic director of Reject Dance Theatre (www.rejectdancetheatre.com) a contemporary dance company based in NYC.
Using her background in dance, yoga, mindfulness/meditation, Reiki, self psychology, and sport psychology, she guides people to achieve their greatest potential by connecting the mind, body, and spirit, working through their fears, and empowering them to overcome obstacles. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College, an MFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Smith College, is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor, and is currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Spirituality Mind Body at Columbia University, Teachers College.