Clarke is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award in addition to fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. She has received the Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards and the LA Critics Award. In 2007, she received an NEA grant to re-envision “Garden of Earthly Delights” under a program dedicated to the remounting of American masterworks. It opened at the American Dance Festival and received an extended commercial run in New York. For “Garden” she received the Joe A. Calloway award for choreography in 2009, and in 2010 the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award. This spring (2012) she will premiere a new full-evening work at La Scala Opera in Milan, Italy.