Stephanie Klemons

Founder | Katie's Art Project

 Photo Courtesy of Dirty Sugar

Photo Courtesy of Dirty Sugar

Stephanie is an award-winning Broadway Performer and Choreographer from Central New Jersey.

She is Associate Choreographer and an Original Cast Member of Broadway's smash hit HAMILTON! Along with the company she helped lead the show to it's record-breaking 16 Tony Nominations and 11 wins, including one for Best Choreography. The cast album also broke records, making it to #1 not only on the Musical chart, but also on the Rap chart. It went Platinum shortly thereafter, winning the Grammy Award. As Associate Choreographer, she continues her work with HAMILTON!  through casting and maintaining the multiple companies on Broadway, Chicago, the North American tours, and the West End in London.

Stephanie and Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler have worked together extensively over the last 10 years, beginning as an Original Cast Member and Dance Captain for the Broadway & Off-Broadway productions of In The Heights, Lin Manuel's first Broadway hit. Along with the Original Cast, she sang on the Grammy-winning album, won an AACP Diversity Award, and a Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical". After performing in the Broadway cast for more than a year, she went on to set the first national tour as Associate Choreographer. With Andy, Stephanie served as Associate Choreographer of Bring It On, The Musical on Broadway. Additionally, she was a member of the Original Broadway Cast of If/Then featuring Idina Menzel & Anthony Rapp, directed by Michael Greif and featured on the Grammy Nominated Cast Album.

In the commercial world, Stephanie most recently choreographed the NFL's Super Bowl LII Commercial starring Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Stephanie also choregraphed for Victoria's Secret and Vogue working with legendary director, Jeff Madoff, filmmaker Gordon Von Steiner, and supermodels Adrianna Lima, Candice Swanepool and Ana Barros. She serves as choreographer for the New Deco Orchestra, a New York based Musical Experience, and has choreographed for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, as well as danced and set pieces for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and American Dance Machine at The Joyce. For two year Stephanie was commissioned to create pieces for New York's hottest dance team, NBA's BROOKLYNETTES

In addition to performing and choreographing, Stephanie has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Stella Adler, N.Y.C.D.A., Alvin Ailey and the Joffrey and enjoys providing classes for many non-profits including Sunrise, R.Evolucion Latina, and Broadway Inspirational Voices. 

 Stephanie gives a master class at R.Evolucion Latina

Stephanie gives a master class at R.Evolucion Latina

Molly Richey

Project coordinator| Katie's Art Project - Music is Medicine

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Molly Richey is very excited to be a part of Katie’s Art Project. She is a North Carolina native, and attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied Spanish Literature and Ethnic Studies.  Molly's diverse career started in Real Estate in Denver for 3 years before meeting her future husband and moving to Dallas, Texas.  Once in Dallas, she became a bilingual teacher, teaching first through third graders 7 years.  Molly received her Masters in Educational Administration from Lamar University, and later moved to Chicago with her Husband Brent, where they still reside.  Molly has one daughter, Elizabeth. Molly truly believes in the mission of Katie’s Art Project and feels that creating a legacy for children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses through art and music provides an irreplaceable sense of consistency and calm during a somewhat chaotic time in their lives. It also provides a definite future where one may not exist.  Molly is honored to be helping to bring this project to children in New York and Chicago.