Stephanie Martinez is an award-winning Chicago dance artist with over 30 years of professional performing experience. Her 2009 choreographic debut, AviMar, for Luna Negra Dance Theater’s 10th anniversary season at The Harris Theater, secured her status as a sought-after dancemaker.
Stephanie has created original works for Thodos Dance Chicago, Same Planet/Different World, Ron De Jesus Dance, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Visceral Dance Chicago, and The Joffrey Academy trainees. In 2010, she assisted Broadway legend Ann Reinking in setting the Fosse Trilogy on Thodos Dance Chicago, as well as Daniel Ezralow, choreographer of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, in remounting his celebrated work, Pulse, for Company C Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco. Stephanie’s choreography has been featured in college dance department galas across the country, including Columbia College, Northwestern University, Ball State University, Shenandoah University, Jacksonville University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Richmond.
In 2014, Stephanie received a "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color" award from The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Forthcoming commissions include Ballet Hispanico, Kent State University, Oakland University, and Fantasmagorie, a water-based, multi-media collaboration between Chicago’s Field Museum and SHEDD Aquarium.