Based in Seattle, Karl is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer. Originally from Cleveland, OH, he graduated from Butler University with a BFA cum laude in Dance Performance.
Following graduation, Karl danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater and was a founding member of Visceral Dance Chicago. He danced with Whim W’Him for seven seasons before becoming a full time member of the staff. His repertoire includes a range of existing works and new creations with choreographers from around the world.
As a répétiteur and choreographer, Karl has worked with a number of schools and companies. He has staged works at The Big Muddy Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, and George Mason University and created original works for Whim W’Him, Dance In The Parks Chicago, Olympic Ballet Theatre, and others.
Karl is passionate about dance education. In Chicago, he had the privilege of serving as Associate Director for Visceral Studio Company. He has taught at studios, workshops, and intensives across the country, including Francisco Gella Dance Works, Carmel Dance Festival, Northern California Dance Conservatory, among others.
Currently, he serves as Company Manager and Director of Education for Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance. As Director of Education, Karl developed Whim W’Him’s summer and winter intensive programs and “Whim Ways,” a class that teaches the movement vocabulary of Artistic Director Olivier Wevers. He leads and manages programming for the Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Center while providing support for the company’s administration.