Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis

Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis

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.

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liz dawson | communications & Development consultant

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.



Leanna keith | marketing manager & company administrator

Leanna Keith is a flutist/composer from the Seattle area who has been working in non-profit since 2010 with organizations such as the Omaha Chinese Cultural Association, Inverted Space Ensemble, Seattle Flute Society, Seattle Symphony, and Kin of the Moon.

With the deeply held belief that arts should be on the forefront of activism, Leanna is delighted to be working with Karin Stevens Dance to bring their collaborative visions to life.

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Michelle smith-lewis | photographer

Michelle is a performing arts photographer with more than 25 years of experience specializing in dance, theater, and music. Originally from Central New York, she honed her skills as a ballet photographer working with a local ballet school as well as traveling to Cleveland, Ohio and Quebec City, Quebec to document rehearsal and performance work of the Cleveland Ballet and Ballet Eddy Toussaint. She has spent the majority of her career capturing performances in the Pacific Northwest, shooting for Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, Bellevue College, and local dance and theater companies. In 2010 a number of her dance images were selected to be a part of the permanent collection of the Merce Cunningham Trust.  

Michelle first photographed Karen Stevens’ work in 2014 for the “Fire & Ice” event and began working with her directly in 2017. She is currently working on a project titled IDENTITY, revealing the identity of Pacific Northwest dancers through their unique, signature movements.  Karin Stevens has appeared in this project along with a host of other well-known dancers/choreographers from around the region.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, genealogy, and gardening which she incorporates into her other fine art photography adventures.

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Todd Bullock | board president

Todd Bullock has been on the Karin Stevens Dance Board since 2014 serving as the Board President for most of that time. Todd came to the board with a background of working for a Non-Governmental Non-profit Affordable Housing Developer in Snohomish County, Washington.

Todd has been an avid fan of dance and live theatre since high school where he worked backstage on the local ballet company’s productions. His working in theatres and scene shops continued throughout his college career while studying Architecture and Construction Science and Management. Since graduating Todd has had to limit his dance and theatre appreciation to just being an audience member until he was fortuned to meet Karin Stevens and was asked to join her newly formed Board.

“Being on the Board of Karin Stevens Dance is one of the best things I have done in my life. I find it thrilling to work with an artist like Karin and help her create the kind of company that creatively asks big questions as well as providing a different way to look at our world, our culture, and ourselves.”


James leonard | Board Officer

More about James Coming soon!