Artistic Director, Stacey Yvonne Claytor
Stacey Yvonne Claytor has dedicated her life to the arts, and the passion within her has directed her work as an arts educator, advocate, performer, and choreographer. Her work and passion have carried her from classrooms to great performance venues around the world, allowing her to touch the lives of both the rich and powerful and those less fortunate.
Stacey has studied the arts professionally for over 15 years and has gained exposure and experience in different genres, styles, and creative settings, better equipping herself with the necessary tools to reach out to communities, infusing them with the joy that the performing arts have brought her.
Credits and Education
Stacey studied dance at the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and Dance with a specific concentration in Dance from James Madison University, and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The George Washington University.
Stacey served as the Coordinator for the Greater Little Zion Church Ministry of Music and Performing Arts, and she has enjoyed performing with many professional companies in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. These performances include Deborah Riley Dance Projects, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Company, and more! Stacey continues to grow and develop with C4 Performing Arts while working professionally as a performer and choreographer.
Stacey recently accepted the position of Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., where she teaches concert choir, show choir, and drama. She is honored to have developed and implemented a dance education curriculum for the Carroll student body. Stacey is similarly honored to be a mighty Carroll Lion and hopes to leave an inspirational and lasting impression on all of her students.
When asked in a 2013 interview why she chose to be an artist, Ms. Claytor answered simply, "I am an artist...why, because it is my joy, it is my peace, it liberates and sustains me."