Associate Choreographer & Director of Education
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.
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.
College of the Environment Fellow, Wesleyan University
Department of Sociology, Wesleyan University
Nick Yeager, an intern from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, works with Forklift to help advance their research into the effects of community-based performance. A native Austinite with a background in creative writing, photography, and film, Nick graduated from the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in 2015 with a Visual Arts focus, and has experience working with Austin arts organizations such as the Austin Film Society and MindPOP. Nick plans to major in Sociology at Wesleyan, blending his artistic and activist tendencies and hoping to engage with the political and social issues he cares deeply about. Utilizing both his creative skill set and his growing, newfound knowledge of social science research, he is working throughout summer 2016 to understand and qualify the meaningful work that the organization and its dancers do for the community of Austin. Nick is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan.
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.
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. Including RE Source, Graham has composed original scores for seven Forklift Danceworks productions. Heard throughout the world in films, on TV, on stage, and on radio, from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, and BBC to NPR, he recently scored “Bernie” featuring Jack Black as well as the Hulu TV series “Up To Speed”, and his score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature “A Scanner Darkly” was named Best Soundtrack of the Decade by Cinema Retro magazine. With Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has repeatedly toured the country and released four critically acclaimed albums. As Co-Artistic Director of Golden Hornet Project with Peter Stopschinski, Reynolds has produced more than fifty concerts of world-premier alt-classical music as well as five symphonies, two concertos and countless chamber pieces of his own. A company member of the internationally acclaimed Rude Mechs and resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater, Reynolds last released two albums simultaneously: “The Difference Engine: A Triple Concerto” and “DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington” on Innova Records with distribution by Naxos, the world’s biggest classical label. He is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital Award. More at grahamreynolds.com
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
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.