karin stevens | Artistic director
Karin Stevens is a Seattle based choreographer and dance artist who believes in the power of movement to help us connect move deeply to ourselves, each other, and the environment. Since 1999, she has created over 70 dance works, touring to Florida, Maryland, California, Montana, Washington, and most recently performed in the 73rd International Choreographer’s Showcase in Guatemala.
She has danced for VOCI Dance, Double Vision, Omega West, Push Up Something Hidden Dance, Westwick Dolder Dance Theater, Molissa Fenley and Dancers, and Penny Hutchinson, among others. Stevens was an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2009), and the Fremont Abbey’s inaugural Artist in Residence (2009-2011).
Her company, Karin Stevens Dance, has produced thirteen evening-length concerts, including Record of the Anthropocene Movement (2017), named a 'must see performance' by City Arts Magazine. Stevens studied dance at the University of Washington and received her MFA from Mills College.
liz dawson | communications & Development director
Liz is an imaginative communications and development professional with more than six years of experience in Seattle's nonprofit sector. Her passion for the arts and social justice has guided both her personal and professional career, allowing her to hone her skills in collaboration, creative and strategic thinking, advocacy through diverse storytelling, and translating analytics into insights. In addition to her work with KSD, Liz works as a PR and Marketing Consultant, assisting local artists and nonprofits with brand awareness and event promotion. Previously, she has worked with Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus, TeenTix, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Deeply committed to Seattle's vibrant arts and cultural community, Liz believes in the role of nonprofit arts institutions as instrumental agents of change. Her work is driven by the fundamental understanding that art has the power to initiate dialogues, shift perspectives, and connect communities. And above all, Liz is passionate about empowering women to take their seat at the table and use their voice as a catalyst for social transformation.
Liz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. She balances hard work with self care, and enjoys dance, yoga, travel, baking, and spending time her family.