Associate Choreographer & Director of Education
Krissie Marty has made dances with children and adults of all ages and abilities. As Associate Choreographer with Forklift Danceworks, she works to create dances with people that aren’t traditionally thought of as dancers. By engaging city employees in the creative process of dance making, the resulting performance increases appreciation for the work that sustains our communities and asks audiences to reconsider their relationship to labor and laboring bodies. Krissie most recently created and directed RE Source, a performance featuring the employees and machinery of the Goodwill Resource Center in their 125,000 square foot recycling warehouse. She also co-choreographed PowerUP, featuring employees of Austin’s electrical utility, Play Ball Downs Field on a historic Negro League baseball field, Afoot: A Marching Band Extravaganza in Houston’s East End, and The Trees of Govalle featuring employees of Austin’s Urban Forestry Program and Govalle neighborhood residents. In her role as Forklift's Director of Education, Krissie leads the Leaps & Bounds and Learning in Motion programs that get students and teachers using creative movement to animate their curriculum.
Previously, Krissie's choreography has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Stratford Circus in London, Chateau de Cazals in France and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. For over eight years, Krissie worked with a variety of populations as a choreographer and teaching artist with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She has choreographed and coached movement for theatre including NYC based contemporary performance art company Big Art Group, Washington Shakespeare Company and Imagination Stage in DC and the Paramount in Austin. Krissie holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from the University of Texas and an MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa. Krissie is also a reviewer for the Teaching Artist Journal.
She has also provided professional development for Austin’s Creative Learning Initiative, Theatre Action Project's Changing Lives Youth Ensemble and Music Together teachers. She has taught nationally for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Jacob's Pillow School & Curriculum in Motion, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, NewVic (London), Adugna Dance Company (Ethiopia), Grinnell College and Towson University. She has provided teacher training in arts integration for Wolf Trap, Towson University, and City Dance Ensemble in DC. Krissie has also danced with children in home health and hospice care, as well as with Studio G in the Pediatric Unit at Georgetown Medical Center.
Ann Starr joined Forklift Danceworks in 2014 to become the Company’s first Managing Director, and she is proud to be part of a growing, dynamic organization that enriches the lives of so many and makes creative connections. Ann brings a wealth of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to the team, honed over more than 20 years as a leader in a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Prior to her work with Forklift, Ann served as the Director of Education at Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights), a nonprofit resource center and consulting firm, where she led efforts to to educate and connect the Central Texas nonprofit sector. In 2007 and 2008, Ann was Director of Development for Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center addressing systemic injustices and for nearly six years, she managed The St. Edward's Fund at St. Edward's University, raising $1 million in scholarships and operating support for the University. Ann holds a bachelor's degree in education from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and a Master of Arts in Human Services from St. Edward's University. She is the former Chair of the SIMS Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Fund Development Committee for the International Board of Directors for Amigos de las Américas. Ann and her husband, musician Stephen Beasley, love living in Austin with their two young and creative sons, Micah and Vaughn.
Leigh-Alice Clark is a long time dancer and arts advocate. She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She is a member of Dance Repertory Theatre at UT, and she choreographed for Dance Action’s performance S.E.E.D. and the department’s show Ears, Eyes + Feet. Leigh-Alice is excited to begin her adventure with Forklift this spring, learning the in’s and out’s of working for a non-profit.
Andrew Lee Dolan is a multidisciplinary performance artist whose work has premiered in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Austin, New Orleans, and Ireland. He has served guest artist residencies with Fairfield University (CT) and Century College (MN), and has worked with Teatr Biuro Podrozy (Poland), 15HEAD: a theatre lab, Town Hall Theatre (Ireland), and many others. He has provided dozens of lectures and workshops on contemporary performance and devising techniques for universities and theater companies across the country. He graduated with an MA in Performance from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and holds an MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech. He has been working with Forklift Danceworks since 2010.
Body Shift and Leaps & Bounds Teacher
Silva Laukkanen loves dance. She loves the movement. She loves the diversity. She loves the beautiful moments that are created in space by bodies telling stories. During a chance opportunity to teach at a rehabilitation center in her native Finland she was reminded of the transformative power of movement in the lives of everyday people, and because of this experience she decided to re-focus her career on community and mixed-ability dance.
Body Shift Teacher
Olivia O’Hare is a theatre artist, dancer, and pilates instructor who completed coursework toward the PhD in Performance as Public Practice at UT where she focused on movement theory and analysis of contact improvisational dance and DanceAbility. She also has a BFA and MA in theatre directing and has performed and worked with numerous Austin-based groups such as Improvisational Movement Project, Actual Lives Austin, and Cliff Diver Productions. Her teaching is informed by a variety of movement modalities including Viewpoints, Body-Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, and contact improvisation. She has been a part of Body Shift since its inception and generally teaches class with a performance focus.
Leaps & Bounds Teacher
Yvonne Keyrouz, a choreographer and performer, received her B.A from the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance. She is a Teaching Artist for Leaps & Bounds and served as Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Assistant for Forklift Danceworks' most recent production, RE Source.
Yvonne has created and performed work for many Texas dance festivals such as Bailando, The Cohen New Works Festival, Big Range, and the American College Dance Festival. Yvonne has completed an internship with Deborah Hay, conducting research for the Solo Commissioning Project and has attended the American Dance Festival twice, once as a student and once in a work-study position. In the summer of 2014 Yvonne participated in the Summer Institute at Dance Exchange as a scholarship student and later attended the Facing Race Conference in Dallas with the Dance Exchange team. She received her certification as a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula from Doula Trainings International and is interested in exploring birth activism in her future choreographic projects. Her other interests include painting, ongoing pranks with her sister and three brothers, and watching Lilo and Stitch on a weekly basis.