Kathy Dunn Hamrick is the Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. With dances described as “strikingly athletic and wonderfully expressive,” “heavenly,” “smart” and “masterly,” Kathy has accumulated numerous recognitions for her work, including “Best Choreographer” and two “Best Dance Concert” awards from the Austin Critics Table. Her work has also earned critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Kathy has received invitations to perform at dance festivals, teach at professional conferences, and direct artist residencies and professional development workshops for school districts and universities. She has been a guest artist for the University of Texas, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Del Mar College, the Texas Dance Educators Association, Round Rock ISD, Fort Bend ISD, McCallum High School, and the American College Dance Association, among others. She has served on adjudication panels for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and she is a mentor for Austin Emerging Arts Leaders. Kathy is the co-founder, along with Kate Warren, of Hamrick/Warren, a professional modern dance school in residence at Café Dance, and she also teaches ballet at Austin Community College. Kathy is the founder of Austin Dance Festival, an annual cultural event in Austin. In five years, the festival has presented the work of 88 emerging choreographers and professional dance companies, provided non-competitive performance showcases for 56 youth companies, hosted a college fair for dancers, screened 26 dance films from across the world, offered 18 master classes, and directed inclusive community pop-up dances for people of all abilities. In 2018, Kathy was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame as “a model for the artist who approaches each project in a spirit of experimentation and reinvention.”
Stephen Pruitthas been working in the arts as a photographer, installation artist, designer, writer, director and performer for over thirty years. After studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, he switched directions, eventually becoming the resident designer for Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater and a designer for Cincinnati Shakespeare. Since moving to Austin in 1997, he has worked with many of Austin’s most innovative theater and dance groups including serving as the resident production designer for Forklift Danceworks, Tapestry Dance Company and Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance; a company member with the Rude Mechs and designer for Salvage Vanguard Theater, Physical Plant Theater, Conspirare, Andrea Ariel Dance, A’lante Flamenco and many others. His designs have received over thirty nominations by Austin’s two local performing arts awards organizations (Austin Critic’s Table and B. Iden Payne Awards), and have won four times. Most recently, Stephen just returned from a China tour with London’s Old Kent Road Dance Company, and is working on a new solo photography exhibit.