Lorraine Chapman, one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch", has danced with Eliot Feld Ballets/NY and Ballet British Columbia under the artistic direction of Balanchine muse Patricia Neary, as well as for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, Diane Arvanites, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind. She received her training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L'Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Francis Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. As an independent choreographer Lorraine has created works for the Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle at On The Boards-Behnke Center and The Bessie Schonberg Residency at The Yard. Ms. Chapman received a commission from Alberta Ballet for their Festival of New Works: Arias where she shared the bill with internationally acclaimed solo artist Margie Gillis who subsequently mentored a solo for her.
Amy Spencer and Richard Colton awarded Lorraine with a Choreographer's Project Fellowship for Summer Stages Dance 2005 and a Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project in 2008. Lorraine is an instructor of dance education at The Boston Conservatory and the Assistant Artistic Director of the pre-professional division at the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester. Lorraine co-created and performed in "The Disappearing Woman" Media/Movement Collaboration at the ICA/Boston - a world premiere commissioned and developed by Summer Stages Dance which was also performed at the Berkshire Fringe Festival and The Yard. Recent commissions of Lorraine’s work include The Boston Conservatory, the Across The Ages Dance Project, and the Baltimore Dance Project. Lorraine is proudly one of only six recipients of a $15,000 Brother Thomas Fellowship – Special Arts Initiative of The Boston Foundation 2013. So far in 2014 Lorraine is creating a new work for The Boston Conservatory which is also a commission by David Parker of David Parker & The Bang Group for DanceNow’s Dance/Cabaret. She is also creating a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, dancetheater installation work honoring the life and talent of photographer Francesca Woodman in which she is collaborating with several other artists.