Artistic Staff

Kathy Dunn Hamrick is the Artistic Director of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, an award-winning modern dance company based in Austin, Texas. Kathy has happily committed her professional life to dancing, teaching, choreographing, presenting, mentoring, and advocating for modern dance and dancemakers. She has created over 50 dances that have been described as “strikingly athletic and wonderfully expressive,” “heavenly,” “smart” and “masterly,” and garnered numerous recognitions for the dance company, including Austin Critics Table awards for Best Choreographer, Best Dance Concert, Best Dancer, Best Duet, Best Lighting Design, and Best Ensemble. The company has performed throughout Texas as well as in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto, and their “Lake Dances” were featured in Arts + Culture Texas, Arts Journal, and Dance Magazine. Kathy holds a BA in Modern Dance from The University of Texas and an MFA in Performance, and Choreography from Florida State University. She has taught at Florida State, Stephen F. Austin State University, St. Edward’s University, The University of Texas, and Austin Community College. She currently teaches modern dance for both recreational and professional dancers at Café Dance; provides professional development for educators; directs artist residencies for high schools and universities; and has served as a mentor for Austin Emerging Arts Leaders. In 2015, Kathy founded Austin Dance Festival, an annual modern dance event that hosts professional modern dance performances, master classes, and a Youth Edition that includes non-competitive showcases for teens 13-18, a Pro Chat Q&A, and a college fair. 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, Resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director, has been working as a photographer, installation artist, designer, writer, director and performer for over thirty years, since abandoning a career in engineering which would have made him very rich by now. Based in Austin since 1997, he is the resident production designer for Forklift Danceworks and Tapestry Dance Company a company member with the Rude Mechs and has designed for Salvage Vanguard Theater, A’lante Flamenco, Cirque Vida, Conspirare, and countless other theaters, dance companies, and events. Stephen has been the resident designer with KDH Dance for some large number of years and some large number of productions, each and every one of which has been the absolute best, including this one.