Steve Clorfeine has been writing and performing since 1974. He is one of the founding arts faculty at Naropa University in Colorado and directed an arts affiliate of Naropa in NYC from 1983-’5. He was on the faculty and later directed the Experimental Studies Dep't at SUNY New Paltz (1971-'4).
His early performance work (1979-1996) was commissioned by Danspace, Riverside Church Dance Festival, Warren St. Performance Loft, Art on the Beach
(all in NYC) and by many venues in NY State. At the same time he was a member of Meredith Monk’s company, performing in the Venice Biennale, at LaMama, BAM, Walker Arts Center, Kennedy Center, World Theater Festival and Rotterdam Dance Festival (1976-'86) and recipient of a company OBIE award. Concurrently, he was a member of Ping Chong's company (1980-'83).
Steve is a recipient of a NYFA fellowship, Poets and Writers grants (still current), and a film award from the Atlanta Festival for the Arts for three short films from the performance piece 'Disappeared'.
Since 1989 he’s been teaching theater/improvisation workshops throughout Western Europe including The Amsterdam Theaterschool; Remscheid Academy, Germany; Movement Therapy Institute, Switzerland; Drama Therapy School, Athens; and Trialogie, Germany/Morocco.
Steve teaches writing workshops both privately and in libraries and secondary schools as a guest artist. His Kingston writing group has been going for 10 years. His publications began in 1996 with a poetry collection followed by 2 CD’s of spoken word performance in 1999 and a non-fiction book, In The Valley of the Gods, 2000 (Station Hill Press, Barrytown). Three more poetry collections followed in 2007, 2010, and 2014 (Codhill Press, New Paltz). The latest collection (OpenHouse Press, Kingston, NY, 2018) includes a series of collage pieces.
After co-directing Naropa University's Study Abroad Program in Nepal, Steve began teaching theater in Nepal and India in 2003 and subsequently received two Cultural Envoy grants from the U.S. State Dep’t for extended performance work in Calcutta and in Kathmandu in addition to many workshop invitations from American Centers in both India and Nepal.
He was a founding member of the arts faculty of the Authentic Leadership
Conference and an adjunct in the MFA Performance Studies program at Naropa University.