Stephanie Liapis’ professional career in the performing arts spans over twenty years. Her performance experience includes work with revered New York City companies, Doug Varone & Dancers and Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy and Aquila Theater, and in Seattle, the Chamber Dance Company and Jennifer Salk, among others. She has taught extensively across the country and abroad including, Swarthmore College (Assistant Professor), Long Island University-Brooklyn (Assistant Professor), Texas Women's University, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Barnard College, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase College, Mimar Sinan Fine Art University (Turkey), Espacio LEM (Argentina), The American School (Switzerland), and the professional studios of Dance New Amsterdam, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gina Gibney Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Fremont and Velocity Dance Center. Stephanie continues to teach for and restage the works of Doug Varone.
Liapis’ choreographic research focuses on creating and presenting original, collaborative works weaving in elements of digital media and costume design to create a complete visual and sonic experience on stage. She recently collaborated with the Harry Partch Institute at the University of Washington to bring contemporary dance to the concert stage with the sounds and sculptural instruments of Harry Partch. Currently, Stephanie is in the midst of a new creative project which examines and redefines gender power dynamics in existing iconic works. Her work has been presented in New York, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Switzerland and Singapore.
Stephanie received a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her thesis work at the UW focused on writing embodied dance criticism for undergraduate and graduate students. Stephanie recently relocated to southern California where she is teaching and making work.