The Team


Allison Orr

Artistic Director

Defying easy description, Orr’s work challenges audiences to expand notions of dance and performer while posing the question: who and what can be presented on stage? Orr finds the raw material for her work among the stories and everyday experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging. Uncovering that which is essential to the life of a community but often goes unnoticed is central in Orr’s work, as she seeks to give voice to people who may be marginalized or frequently overlooked. 

Orr was named Best Choreographer of 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the Austin Critics Table, “Best Movement Illuminator” by the Austin Chronicle in 2012, one of Tribeza Magazine’s Top 10 Austinites of 2012, and one of eight "Extraordinary Texans" by Texas Highways Magazine in September 2013. Her large-scale work, The Trash Project, was named a #1 Arts Event by the Austin American-Statesman, #1 Dance Event by the Austin Chronicle, Most Outstanding Dance Concert by the Austin Critics Table, and is the subject of a feature-length documentary film entitled Trash Dance. Her work has been funded by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, numerous foundations, and the City of Venice, Italy. She has served as a guest artist for the American College Dance Festival and for numerous university dance departments, and has twice been commissioned to choreograph the kick-off event for Austin’s Fusebox Festival.
Orr is on the dance faculty of Austin Community College and has taught a wide variety of students, including children, adults over 65, and people with disabilities. Before founding Forklift Danceworks, Orr taught dance and studied with MacArthur Award winner Liz Lerman and performed with Robert Moses and Janice Garrett in the San Francisco Bay Area. Orr is a native Texan and holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.

Krissie Marty

Associate Choreographer & Director of Education

With Forklift Danceworks, Krissie Marty co-choreographed PowerUP, an evening-length dance featuring the employees and vehicles of Austin's public power utility; Play Ball Downs Field, a dance with the Huston-Tillotson baseball team on a historic field; Afoot, a dance for three marching bands in Houston's East End, and The Trees of Govalle, featuring Austin's Urban Forestry Division and the trees of Govalle Park.
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. 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. For over eight years, Krissie worked with a variety of populations as a choreographer and teaching artist with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
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 and a member of the Arts Rich School Committee as part of Austin Independent School District's Creative Learning Initiative. 
In Austin, she has also provided professional development for Theatre Action Project's Changing Lives Youth Ensemble and local 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. 

Ann Starr

Managing Director

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 Greenlights, a nonprofit resource center and consulting firm, where she led efforts to to educate and connect the Central Texas nonprofit sector. Prior to her work at Greenlights, 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

Program Coordinator

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.  


Andrew Dolan

Development Director

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.

Graham Reynolds


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 Forklift Danceworks.  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 by more than sixty composers, 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.  Next Graham will be composing “The Marfa Triptych: Three Portraits of West Texas” for Ballroom Marfa, including a suite for western swing big band, a concert of solo layered-piano, and a mariachi and nortec inspired chamber opera.

Stephen Pruitt

Lighting Designer

Stephen Pruitt has been working in the arts as a designer, writer, director and performer for nearly twenty years. After studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, he switched directions by spending two years at Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati working under several well know directors and playwrights, including Lee Blessing, Edward Albee and Rebecca Miller. Shortly after, he began designing lighting and sets and became interested in dance, becoming the resident designer for Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater, where he worked with many nationally known Dance groups and choreographers including Parsons Dance, Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, David Dorfman and many others.
Since moving to Austin in 1997, Stephen has worked as a freelance Lighting, Scenic, and Video designer, collaborating with many of Austin’s biggest and most creative theater and dance groups including Forklift Danceworks, Tapestry Dance Company, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance (as resident production designer for all three), Trouble Puppet Theater (resident lighting designer), and Rude Mechs (company member) as well as Spank Dance Company, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Physical Plant Theater, and St Edwards University’s Mary Moody Northern Theater. His company, Fluxion Scenic and Light has produced and designed many seminal Austin events, including Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, the Mayor’s party at City Hall for First Night, and opening night parties for Cirque du Soleil’s first two Austin Premieres. In addition to his work in Austin, Stephen tours and travels frequently, most recently touring with Tapestry Dance in China, the Rude Mechs in Los Angeles and Washington DC, and designing dance festivals in Vancouver, and as a technical consultant and designer for the revitalization of the historic Emery Theater, in Cincinnati, where the inaugural season included shows by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, The National, Bill Frisell, and Dean and Britta.
Stephen has received many nominations and awards from Austin’s critics and arts community including each of his collaborations with Forklift, and is the only designer in Austin to be nominated for Critic’s Table and B. Iden Payne Awards in both the Scenic Design and Lighting Design categories. Most recently, in its end of the year Top Ten lists, the Austin Chronicle named shows that Stephen designed in nearly half (9 of 20) of its listings in the dance category, including shows from Forklift, Tapestry, and Kathy Hamrick Dance Companies.

Silva Laukkanen

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.

Using her passion for both choreography and performance she has worked with Remix Dance Company and SCORE in Cape Town teaching children and adults in local communities. She has given workshops in Finland and England for mixed aged and ability groups, including a two year stint teaching a weekly class for the Finnish mixed ability company Magic Dance. She was introduced to Forklift and Body Shift in 2010 as a participant during its inaugural event.  Silva holds a BFA in Dance from The North Karelia College of Outokumpu and a post graduate degree in Community Dance from The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK.

Julie Nathanielz

Body Shift Teacher

Julie has been with Body Shift since its start, as participant and teacher, as well as organizer of the annual intensives. Based in Austin since 1996, Julie researches, in one way or another, the connection between perception and dance composition in solo and group forms. In 2007 she created The Meeting Point, which began life as an inquiry into real-time ensemble performance, and which continues to evolve new directions for her choreography. As her main artistic vehicle, this group has involved several generations of Austin’s brightest lights in contemporary dance, music and theater. 

Consistently recognized by the Austin Critic's Table and Austin Chronicle, Julie’s stage and video work has been presented by Fusebox Festival, No Idea Festival, Musical Bridges Around the World, Blanton Museum, Church of the Friendly Ghost among others. Julie has taught independently, and served as faculty at Austin Community College and the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. She holds an MFA from University of Texas, Austin, and is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique.


Olivia O'Hare

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.

Nancy Bain

Leaps & Bounds Teacher

Nancy Bain has been a dance educator for 40 years, teaching in public and private schools, studios, community centers and universities. She was a licensed dance teacher for NY City Board of Education, teaching at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, as well as in elementary and middles schools. She taught at Queensborough Community College and The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and was a teaching artist for 3 schools for students with special needs. In NY, Nancy performed with several modern dance companies and directed her own professional company, IdeaDance, for 13 years. In Austin, she coordinates the VSA & Forklift Danceworks “BODY SHIFT KIDS! Dance for Children with Special Needs”, and has been a teaching artist for VSA in K and PPCD classes. She also teaches at The Dance Gallery/Round Rock. In January 2013, she started the “Dancing with Parkinson’s” programs for people with Parkinson’s in Austin and Georgetown. Nancy holds a M.A. degree in Dance Education from New York University and was a Parent Support Specialist for Round Rock ISD from 2006-2011.

Ashley Card

Leaps & Bounds Teacher

Ashley Card is a Teaching Artist with Forklift Danceworks, working in classrooms and training teachers for their Leaps & Bounds and Learning in Motion creative movement programs. She has wrangled Forklift performers as a stage manager and rehearsal assistant on their large-scale performances including Play Ball Downs Field, PowerUP and The Trash Project. Ashley directed and choreographed a smaller remount of Forklift’s Two Hundred Two Steppers on the Steps of the Texas Capitol for Austin Creative Alliance.  She has performed with Body Shift under the direction of Silva Laukkanen and German choreographer Gerda Konig. Ashley has performed at the American College Dance Festival, 10 Minutes Max, Big Range Dance Festival, Friends of Tapestry, Austin’s Pro-Arts Collective, multi-media art installations at the University of Texas and with MPrint Media. As part of Carolina Mershon Dance Company, Ashley co-lead a group of dancers to perform at the National Theatre in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  In addition to her contemporary dance performance and choreography, Ashley works with marching bands and color guard. She has choreographed and taught visuals for multiple bands that have advanced to the state marching competition in Texas.  She has served as head of the Dance Department at Texas A&M Kingsville Summer Band Camp, received commissions for Austin All Star Band Color Guard’s Juneteenth Festival performance, the Boys and Girls Club at Lanier High School and Crockett High School’s dance team. Ashley teaches weekly for Dance Associates Austin and the Down’s Syndrome Association of Austin.  Ashley studied on dance scholarships at Austin Community College and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Dance and High School Education. She is currently studying at AOMA School of Integrative Medicine.

Roman Morgan

Leaps & Bounds Teacher

Roman Christian Morgan is a Teaching Artist with Forklift Danceworks. He began his dance training at Austin Community College and soon earned his BFA in Dance from Texas State University where he was a member of Merge Dance and Opening Door Dance Company. Roman has also studied Music and Theatre with faculty and guest artists at both Tarleton State University and Baylor University on Scholarship. Roman is the recipient of the Joan Hays, Opening Door Dance Theatre, Austin Community College Fine Arts, and Galaxy Dance Studio Scholarships. He has performed with Sally Jacques’ Blue Lapis Light, Allison Orr Forklift Danceworks, Charles Anderson, Kate Warren and in works by Darla Johnson. Roman is in his fourth season with the award-winning Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company as a full time artist. Roman is currently a Learning Assistant/Substitute Teacher for Austin Community College in the Office of Students with Disabilities and Fine Arts Program. Roman has been the resident co-choreographer for Austin Community College Summer Dance Informance Showcase since 2010 under the mentorship of Darla Johnson. Roman has taught and choreographed Dance for Bowie High School, American College Dance Festival, and privately working with novice dancers, musicians, and actors in the community. Roman is delighted to be with Forklift Danceworks as a Teaching Artist!