I recently sat down with Stephanie Klemons, who is finishing up her run as Vanessa in Pittsburgh CLO's production of In the Heights. In the interview above, Stephanie talks about being back in Pittsburgh, what inspired her to become a dancer and performer, her close relationship with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katie's Art Project, and more. Take a look at our conversation above.
Stephanie first premiered in the Broadway production of In the Heights in 2008 as assistant dance captain, swing, and original understudy for the role of Carla. After In the Heights, she continued to work with two of the most talented men on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andy Blankenbuehler, as an associate choreographer with Bring It On: The Musical. In 2014, she joined the company of If/Then. In this production, she served as dance captain while also playing a flight attendant and the original understudy for the roles of Anne and Elena, starring alongside Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, Jenn Colella, Joe Aaron Reid, Joe Cassidy, and more.
Stephanie has been with Hamilton from the beginning. She served as associate choreographer, dance captain, supervising choreographer, resident choreographer, and original swing. She is currently the International Dance Supervisor for Hamilton where she works with all of the touring productions and the Broadway company.
Aside from her multiple talents on stage, Stephanie has a heart of gold and is using the power of art to bring joy to children with terminal illnesses. Katie's Art Project is a non-profit organization that was created by Stephanie in 2010 after losing a close friend, Katie, to cancer. The foundation connects musicians and artists with terminally ill children by using art to build friendships and create lasting legacies.
Katie's Art Project is teaming up with Music is Medicine for a special one night only event on July 23, 2017. The event titled, [the art project], will be held at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. The evening will feature performances from some of Broadway's best, including cast members from Hamilton. Fine art and fashion will also be on sale with all proceeds supporting Katie's Art Project and Music is Medicine. Tickets are still available by clicking here. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can still donate to this incredible organization by clicking here.