photo:andrew weeks

photo:andrew weeks

maurya kerr

Maurya Kerr is a San Francisco-based choreographer, educator, and dancer. She is founder and artistic director of tinypistol, a project-based company since 2011.

tinypistol has been honored by a 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition Award, a 2012 CHIME grant, a University of Minnesota 2014 Cowles Visiting Artist grant, and selection to Whim W'Him's Inaugural 2015 Choreographic Shindig.

Maurya’s work has been commissioned and presented by AXIS Dance Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, WestWave Dance Festival, the Black Choreographers Festival, and the San Francisco International Arts Festival, among others. She is currently an ODC artist-in-residence, under the mentorship of choreographers Katie Faulkner and KT Nelson.

As a dancer, Maurya trained and started her professional career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and then danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 1994-2006. She is on faculty with the LINES Education Programs and teaches, choreographs, and conducts residencies nationally.

She was born in Minnesota and grew up in Seattle.