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Artistic Staff

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 Pruitt, Lighting Designer and Technical Director, is what happens when a science geek and aerospace engineer suddenly discovers the arts and performance twenty-two years into his life. Having called Austin home for a decade and a half now despite its complete lack of mountains, snow, or whitewater, Stephen has made due happily, working and collaborating with some of Austin’s most exciting artists. He has been the resident production and lighting designer for KDH Dance since 2010, and is also the resident designer for Forklift Danceworks and Tapestry Dance Company, Trouble Puppet Theater, and a company member and designer with the Rude Mechanicals. His designs, both scenic and lighting, have been nominated for multiple awards around Austin and elsewhere, and he is currently a technical adviser and design consultant for the renovation of Cincinnati’s 100 year old Emery Theater. More information is available at his website: www.fluxiondesigns.com