DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS
Krissie Marty has made dances with children and adults of all ages and abilities. As Associate Choreographer with Forklift Danceworks, she works to create dances with people that aren’t traditionally thought of as dancers. By engaging city employees in the creative process of dance making, the resulting performance increases appreciation for the work that sustains our communities and asks audiences to reconsider their relationship to labor and laboring bodies. Krissie most recently created and directed RE Source, a performance featuring the employees and machinery of the Goodwill Resource Center in their 125,000 square foot recycling warehouse. She also co-choreographed PowerUP, featuring employees of Austin’s electrical utility, Play Ball Downs Field on a historic Negro League baseball field, Afoot: A Marching Band Extravaganza in Houston’s East End, and The Trees of Govalle featuring employees of Austin’s Urban Forestry Program and Govalle neighborhood residents. In her role as Forklift’s Director of Education, Krissie leads the Leaps & Bounds and Learning in Motion programs that get students and teachers using creative movement to animate their curriculum.
Previously, 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. For over eight years, Krissie worked with a variety of populations as a choreographer and teaching artist with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. 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. 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.
She has also provided professional development for Austin’s Creative Learning Initiative, Theatre Action Project’s Changing Lives Youth Ensemble and 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. Krissie has also danced with children in home health and hospice care, as well as with Studio G in the Pediatric Unit at Georgetown Medical Center.