CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Laura Schandelmeier is Co-Artistic Director of Dance Box Theater (DBT), was Artistic Director of Schandelmeier & Co. in NYC from 1988-1994 and a solo performer in the DC area from 1995-2004 when she began collaborating with Stephen Clapp. DBT has created eight full-evening performance works, which have toured regionally, nationally and internationally. DBT has received commissions from the Creative Communities Fund and The Kennedy Center and received the 2010 Dance Metro DC Founder's Award for Innovation in Dance.
Schandelmeier's work has been commissioned and presented by DTW and Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC and presented by The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The IN Series, and WPAS in Martha @ Dance Place, curated by Richard Move in DC. In 2014 she was choreographer for Yentl, Directed by Shirþ Serotsþ at Theater J and Movement Consultant for a staged reading of Remember Thís: Walkíng with Jan Karski by Derek Goldman and Clark Young, featuring Academy Award nominee, David Strathaim. She has received several
awards for her choreography including grants from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, the Suitcase Fund, Maryland State Arts Council and Prince George's Arts Council. She is a Master Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Leaming Through the Arts conducting residencies and facilitating professional development for Early Childhood Educators both regionally and nationally.
In 1994, Schandelmeier founded The Field/DC (a satellite project of The Field in NYC that provides performance and workshop opportunities to artists.) Now under the direction of Ilana Silverstein, The Field/DC continues to offer Fieldwork sessions, and professional development opportunities, impacting hundreds of local artists and patrons.
Since moving to Washington, DC, Schandelmeier has conducted site visits for The National Endowment for the Arts, been a panelist for the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division, Maryland State Arts Council, Dance Place's New Releases Choreogtapher's showcase, and served as Chair to the Nirenska Committee (a fund created in honor of choreographer, Pola Nirenska, by her late husband, Jan Karski). In 2001 Schandelmeier was awarded an Artist-in-Residence grant from P.G. Arts Council and continues to conduct residencies in local schools through Joe's Movement Emporium's Arts in Education program.
While in New York, Schandelmeier was Associate Producer at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts). During her tenure she coordinated and served on several Fresh Tracks panels, co-coordinated the New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. The Bessies), worked with the Executive Director, David White and members of the Board of Directors to initiate the Family Matters series for young audiences, audited performances and reviewed proposals, as well as performing other administrative duties. She was co-curator for
Rapp Arts Centers'May Dance Festival, in conjunction with the Bang on a Can Festival, in 1988 and 1989.
Schandelmeier began her dance training with Wigman-based instructor Erica Thimey at the age of four and studied ballet at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. She received a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and studied choreography with Bessie Schonberg in New