Rachel Stoneking received her MFA in Contemporary Dance in 2012 and BA in Theater and Medical Anthropology in 2009 from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). While at CWRU, Ms. Stoneking had the pleasure of performing works by Martha Graham, Gary Galbraith, Karen Potter, James Hansen, Erick Hawkins, and Pascal Rioult.
In 2011 she was awarded “The Cleveland Arts Prize: Kathryn Karipides Scholarship” which allowed her to attend the Gaga Intensive at the Batsheva Company Studios in Tel Aviv, Israel. While there, she was given the opportunity to take classes under numerous company members as well as the company’s founder, Ohad Naharin. Additional awards throughout her time at CWRU took Ms. Stoneking to New York City where she studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and elsewhere under artists such as Jim May, Lisa Viola, Andrea Miller, and Pascal Rioult. In 2010 Ms. Stoneking worked as a Stagecraft Apprentice at the American Dance Festival where she was able to work directly with renowned artists such as Monica Bill Barnes, Kate Weare, and Pilobolus Dance Theater.
Ms. Stoneking’s creative work has most recently involved choreographing and performing in and around Cleveland, Ohio. She has performed as a guest artist with Elu Dance Company and as both a choreographer and performer for Cleveland Public Theater’s Cleveland Dance Exchange. Her most recent work, premiered at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was a solo inspired by and performed to Eric Whitacre’s “When David Heard.”
Prior to joining the faculty at Anderson University as an Assistant Professor, Ms. Stoneking served a semester teaching at the University of Akron and seven years teaching as a part-time lecturer at CWRU where in 2012 she received the Kathryn Karipides Award for Excellence in Teaching.