Lorraine "Rain" Stippec earned her BFA from Webster University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department Honors. Rain has performed and choreographed for Webster University’s Creations Concerts, LGCFA’s BFA Concerts, WUDE Concerts, the Central Region American College Dance Association, STL’s Dancin’ in the Streets, and her work has also been presented at the International Human Rights Conference held in St. Louis, MO.
After completing her degree, Rain toured China with hip hop group “The Famous Crew” through Sterling Plus Entertainment. She then returned to her alma mater as the Department of Dance Associate and was additionally commissioned to set choreography for an alumni centered New Works concert.
Theatrically, choreography credits include numerous productions for community and professional companies such as Bravo Theatre Group, Maryland Heights Theatre, and Insight Theatre, Co. and many more! Arts For Life has recognized Rain for Best Choreography, Featured Dancer, and awarded her with their inaugural Art Education Scholarship. Rain has thrived in St. Louis performing at The Muny as well as with The Fabulous Fox Theatre Tellerettes. Dancing for film, Rain can be seen in CMC Film’s “Le Ballet Quotidien” as Claudius and in Leah Robertson’s “Vows of Melancholy."
In 2017, Rain became a victim of a random act of gun violence in downtown St. Louis and since surviving to tell the tale of her recovery has performed for EKHO Entertainment, CommUNITY Arts StL, and Angel Band Project. Along with podcast, radio and news appearances, she has been invited as a keynote speaker for numerous events - appearing on Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk interviewed by Jada Pinkett-Smith and a national commercial for The CW Network.
Rain continues to pursue a motivational speaking career in conjunction with teaching and choreographing for dance students throughout Missouri and Illinois while also on staff as the Assistant Director at MAC Dance. She is thrilled to be performing with moSTLy TAP and is grateful to be engaging with young tap dancers as the Pre-Professional Student Program Director for STL Rhythm Collaborative.